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Report: Detroit’s Parks Are in Better Condition [Map]

A new report says a large majority of Detroit’s parks are in good or fair condition. Loveland Technologies surveyed over 300 parks in the city last summer. It’s releasing the study to better understand how Detroit’s Parks and Recreation Department is faring following the bankruptcy. John Grover is the Manager of Survey Operations at Loveland Technologies. He says the parks have made significant improvements over the last year.

More parks are mowed, the equipment is in better condition, the recreation centers are in good shape. There’s still some progress that needs to be made, particularly in the areas of graffiti and people stealing metal from the playground equipment and the fences, but the change has been for the better, considerably for the better.”

John Grover, Manager of Survey Operations at Loveland Technologies

Grover says the survey will establish a baseline for future studies.

You can read the full report here.

Image credit: WDET/Michael Ference

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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