Experience the News: Detroit Parks Tour Samples Detroit’s Greenery

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WDET’s Parks Tour participants learned there’s more nature in the city than just Belle Isle.

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At Rouge Park, we hiked the nature path and stood on the mysterious stone bridge — no one really knows when it was built or by whom. We heard the buzz of model airplanes and watched them soar and twist, flown by the Detroit Aero Modelers. We petted horses at the barn that’s cared for by the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Association.

At Clark Park we heard about the hundreds of youth who play baseball, tennis and skate, and we walked the crumbling sidewalks underneath a wide variety of trees. There was news: the city is replacing those walkways this month to make them smoother and wider. At Riverside Park, we reviewed the controversy and the city’s future plans for the beloved waterfront park.

The “we” was the 20 or so city residents and metro Detroiters who hopped aboard a bus Saturday to experience the news with WDET, the Detroit Experience Factory and Data Driven Detroit.

The tour caps WDET’s summer-long Parks Project, where we brought you stories of a city redefining itself after bankruptcy by improving its neighborhood parks. The tour was led by DXF’s Jeanette Pierce, WDET’s Sandra Svoboda, Friends of the Rouge‘s Sally Petrella, Clark Park’s Anthony Benavides and the City of Detroit’s Brad Dick.

Listen to what some of our tour participants had to say…

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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