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Revitalizing Detroit’s Historic Palmer Park

People for Palmer Park’s Vision & Goals Palmer Park is comprised of 296 acres of lawns and historic woodlands, a public golf course, tennis courts, splash park, hiking and biking trails, Lake Frances, a historic log cabin, and more. Located between 6 and 7 Mile Roads and west of Woodward Avenue in Detroit, it has been a treasured nature park and recreation site for more than 100 years. People for Palmer Park (PFPP) is an organization committed to the preservation, reinvention, and revitalization of Palmer Park, for the good of all. Our vision is to create an urban oasis, regional destination, and daily recreation site that will promote an active and healthy community. PFPP is proud to be the “Adopt-a-Park Partner” with the City of Detroit. Our guiding values include preservation of park resources; restoration and preservation of the park’s history; equal benefit and access to the park; creation of a safe park environment; responsiveness to park users and the public; timeliness in our actions; and collaboration and cooperation with the city, community, and stakeholders.

Palmer Park’s New Little Free Library

This is the Little Free Library in Rosedale Park. Our Palmer Park LFL is similar!

This is the Little Free Library in Rosedale Park. Our Palmer Park LFL is similar!

Palmer Park is one of the first locations in Detroit to receive a Little Free Libraries. It is located near the playground-Splash Park area on Merrill Plaisance. Come take a book and leave a book, support sharing the love of reading, and visit DetroitLittleLibraries.org  Read more



P4PP CuffCustom-created by artist Barbara Wynder and People for Palmer Park, this bracelet looks great (filled with Palmer Park symbols, and historic neighborhoods). Proceeds go to People for Palmer Park! You can buy the Palmer Park Cuff at several area stores in or near Detroit or by clicking the paypal link. They are also available at our events. Read more


Tennis for Children 10 & Under: The PFPP Tennis Academy moves indoors for the fall and winter months. PFPP Tennis Academy for children and adults has been supported by the US Tennis Association. Read more   

PFPP was the top contender in the US Tennis Association’s My Gift to Kids’ Tennis campaign in the Midwest. Read more



On Sunday, June 28, PFPP will hold its 4th annual Log Cabin Day. Thank you to everyone who attended last year, as well as our sponsors and performers. See  you in June to visit the historic Log Cabin — the only one in Detroit — built in 1885 for Senator Thomas W. Palmer and his wife Mary. Read more.    2012 Log Cabin Day    2013 Log Cabin Day

RAISE THE ROOF: Restoring the Log Cabin is a huge project, so please add your support. We need to raise funds to renovate the Log Cabin now more than ever. You can donate to help restore the cabin, by clicking the Donate button
11 Responses to “Home”
  1. Rick says:

    Love what you guys are doing and want to get involve. I live in the U of D District and have been there since 1983 love the commuity….and the park stay in touch

  2. Reenie says:

    I think it’s great that all of these activities are going on. I’ve never been to Palmer Park, but I’ll be sure to stop by now. Can people use the baseball field when games are not in session?

    • Yes, all the facilities at Palmer Park are open to the public. If you plan a gathering with a large group, you need to contact Ms. Lynn Shaw, Event Coordinator, City of Detroit Recreation Department—(313) 224-1907 or lshaw@detroitmi.gov). Depending on the nature of the gathering, you may need to file an events application with the City.

  3. Patricia Walsh says:

    I am so delayed in praising your amazing work in revitalizing Palmer Park for the benefit of the community. I especially enjoyed Log Cabin Day in 2013. Keep up your tremendous good work and enthusiasm!!! Is there an address to which I could send a donation?

  4. Michelle says:

    I am glad to see this in the city Detroit. This is so needed for the kids to have something to do. And the motion activation for the water is definitely a plus with welfare of children. I remember going to the pool with my father Steven Gardener who was head of the park and recreation of the city of Detroit, Continue with more greatness for the city…

  5. cleaning says:

    Perfectly composed subject material , thanks for entropy.

  6. I .was so thrilled that you were having Log Cabin Day at Palmer Park this year I was there for a similar event planned by the Log Cabin Society of Michigan on June 24, 2001 with professional entertainers. It was listed in the calendar of events for Detroit 300, and we did dance the Virginia Reel at the log cabin! The log cabin was open to the public without furnishings but I had enlargements of photos showing how the rooms used to look. Everytime I came to Detroit- I think in Dec. 1990, l995, l997, 2001, and 2005 I visited the cabin. Our newsletter & meetings helped block an attempt to move the log cabin away from the park. Thanks for PFPP for inviting us this time!

  7. Shirley Northcross says:

    We have been a 45+ year resident of this community and have not ever during those years seen sooooo much done sooooo quickly!!!! What an impact your organization has made to the neighborhood—-THANK YOU—David/Shirley Northcross

    • Thank you for the encouraging feedback! Hope to see you at Log Cabin day on June 30, 1-4 pm for a rare tour of the cabin, fun family festivities, music, dance, costumes and free ice cream from Guernsey Farms!

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