A. B. Ford Park / Lenox Center


About the Project

Alfred B. Ford Park and the Lenox Center are loved places by the Detroit river in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood.

This year the City of Detroit is leading community engagement, design and construction efforts to improve A.B. Ford Park and design and build a new Lenox Center. We are engaging residents in Jefferson Chalmers, District 4 and across the city to gather ideas and feedback so together we can create a park and community center that serves resident's needs.

A.B. Ford Park is a 34-acre park on Detroit's east riverfront bounded by the Scripps St. to the north, Lakewood St. to the east and Lenox St. to the west. The site has a unique history including two Nike Missile towers (de-activated in the 1960s). Today, the park is well used by residents, fisherman and visitors throughout the year.

The Lenox Center is a community center at A.B. Ford Park. The building is a 5,600 sq. ft. facility completed in 1969 to serve residents with special needs. In 2013, the building closed due to a water main break. Through this project, a building assessment was completed. Click the link below to download and read: 

The architecture firm Inform Studio was selected to assist with the design development of the Lenox Center, and Jefferson East Inc. will assist with community engagement. This project is funded by the Strategic Neighborhood Fund (SNF).


Community Engagement & Community Design Process

Engagement Process

Community Engagement to date: 

We kicked-off the project early this summer with a community wide survey. We received 172 responses with ideas for both the park and the Lenox Center. On June 30th we hosted the first virtual community meeting where we introduced the team. Every week since June 30th, we've been hosting office hours to answer questions and share information as the project develops, check out the Office Hours Report Outs. On August 5th, we shared the results of the survey and presented initial observations of the existing conditions of the park and center and during the August 19th office hours, we answer some of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Check the links below for the presentations. 

Looking to plug-into the engagement process?  Is never too late! - check out the information below and join us for office hours! All are welcome!

Ongoing Engagement: 
Join us for Virtual Weekly Office Hours - Wednesdays 3pm - 4pm 
Office Hours Report Outs: 
Past Community Engagement: 
  • February 11th - Community Meeting #3 - Final Building Design
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    Click here to view the recorded presentation 
  • November 11th - Design Development Presentation
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  • September 30th - Community Report Out - Results from the engagement event on Sept. 12th and Sept. 16th
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  • September 12th - Community Event #2 - Ideas and Initial Designs
    The following boards were part of an outdoor community event where residents provided their input and feedback.

    Station #1 - Building Location 
    Station #2 - Building Planning
    Station #3 - Space priorities 
    Station #4 - Resiliency & Sustainability 
    Station #5 - Kids Zone (paint a rock station)
    Station #6 - Park Circulation
    Station #7 - Fishing and Riverfront 
    Station #8 - Sports & Action 
    Station #9 - Amenities 
    Station #10 - Trees and Natural Spaces 
  • August 5th - Community Check-in & Survey Results
    Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the virtual community check-in!
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    Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or join us on the Wednesday office hours!

  • June 30th - Community Meeting #1 - Project Intro
    Missed the meeting? 
    Click here to watch the recording of the webinar. 
    Click here to download the presentation.