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 our next engagement! All are welcome!

Our next engagement opportunity will be:

We are wrapping up design for the park and working on the final details for the community center.
Stay tuned for the next community meeting in early summer 2021! 

Past Engagement: 
Office Hours Report Outs: 
Past Community meetings, events and presentations: