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Detroit Parks Leaders Looking to Create Green Spaces for Seniors

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During a panel, Detroit leaders and urban expert Gil Penalosa discussed the connection between community and parks

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Those working to improve parks in Detroit say the city needs greenspaces that serve all ages. Experts say the city’s long-term health depends in part on designing areas for individuals ranging from eight years old to 80. Detroit Recreation Department Director Alicia Bradford says she has a vision for a park specializing in serving the city’s senior citizen population.

Where the seniors can have someplace just for themselves in order to be fit, to socialize, to do their gardening, but also to bring in those things where we could put in small things—benches and a walking path—or put our playscapes in the middle and surround it with some fitness equipment for adults.”

-Alicia Bradford

Bradford says the department wants to concentrate on neighborhood parks this summer. She says her team is also trying to find a spot for a new park in East English village, where the closest greenspace is about half a mile away.

Marissa Gawel, Associate News Producer

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WDET's Parks Project

This post is a part of WDET's Parks Project.

All summer long in 2015, WDET reported on how parks are impacting Detroiters and how Detroiters impacted the parks.

We asked you to be a part of this work by being the eyes and ears of your local parks. We asked you to help us find out what is going on in the parks in your city and your neighborhood. Were parks being maintained? Who were using the park, and what was happening there? Is it safe?

Detroit Park Watch is produced by WDET 101.9 FM and is powered by the Detroit Journalism Cooperative. Support for this project ccomes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Renaissance Journalism’s Michigan Reporting Initiative and the Ford Foundation.



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