Detroit Evening Report: Dearborn investing $30 million in public parks project

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City of Dearborn officials pose for a photo after announcing a $30 million park development project.

The city of Dearborn is spending $30 million to improve and expand public parks.

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Mayor Abdullah Hammoud shared details Wednesday stating the project will include free outdoor wifi, playscapes, basketball courts and more. Development will begin in the spring, ensuring each business district in Dearborn will have a park.

“Shared public spaces are the heartbeat of our city,” Hammoud said at a press conference. “Public parks bring people together. They fuel imaginations, encourage healthy activity and boost local economies. When I imagine a thriving Dearborn 10, 20, 50 years from now, I see a beautiful park in every neighborhood and a greener, healthier city.”

The parks will be branded as PEACE parks, which stands for Park Equity and Access for Civic Engagement. Three new parks are included in the development plans.

In terms of infrastructure, the project will add green surface area to address the challenge of flooding in Dearborn. Additional flood prevention structures include rain gardens, removal of logjams and more permeable surfaces.

City officials will announce detailed project timelines and features in the near future.

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  • Hernz Laguerre
    Hernz Laguerre Jr. is a Multimedia Journalist at 101.9 WDET. He is one of the co-host for "Detroit Evening Report," one of the weekend anchors for "Weekend Edition," the producer for our political podcast, "MichMash," and reports on arts, culture and politics.