Project Hopes to Bring More Play Spaces to Southeastern Michigan

Local groups challenged to submit big ideas.

​A collaboration between a national nonprofit and a foundation with Detroit ties is offering to pay for play.

The Play Everywhere Challenge is asking communities in Southeastern Michigan to dream up ideas to address what they call a local “play deficit.” 

Kaboom’s Amy Levner says many kids don’t have a safe place to play.

“This is a particular problem in historically under-resourced neighborhoods across the country – particularly in cities like Detroit,” Levner says. “So, what we want to do is make play an easy choice for kids and families.”

Levner says this is the second time they have partnered with the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to bring innovative safe play spaces to the area.

“There’s going to be a project along the Riverfront that has these awesome play cubes that kids and families can enjoy while they’re also traversing the Riverfront,” Levner says. “There’s all kinds of projects that are being funded and there was so much interest that the Ralph C. Wilson Jr Foundation said that ‘we’ve got to do more here.’ “

Governments and nonprofit organizations can submit their ideas until March 22nd. The project will fund 20 projects in Southeastern Michigan and Western New York.


  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.