PFPP Responds to Recent Tragedy at Park — Revitalization Continues


People for Palmer Park Responds to Recent Tragedy at Park
Revitalization Continues; Events & Programs Thrive  

August 15, 2014
People for Palmer Park (PFPP) expresses our sympathy to the victim and his family who was found today in Palmer Park. This incident was an isolated occurrence at approximately 4:00 am, when the park is officially closed. Despite this tragedy, we can honestly say that crime and violence of this sort has been missing from Palmer Park in the past three years. It has been replaced with the sounds of happy children enjoying the state-of-the-art Splash Park, the newly-installed playscape, and the myriad of recreational activities at Palmer Park! 
As the community organization that has officially adopted Palmer Park in partnership with the City of Detroit, we have commenced the transformation of the park to become Detroit’s ‘other jewel.’ Beginning in early 2011, ten miles of trails were cleared for use by joggers and bikers; 700 apple trees were planted in three separate orchards; the historic Log Cabin has been opened every year in conjunction with Michigan Log Cabin Day in June; this year, the Palmer Park Art Fair brought thousands of patrons to the park for the first time in over 30 years; and a Winter Festival is held every January — this year brought ice skaters to Lake Francis for the first time and many years. At our annual Harvest Festival, which will be on October 5, we hope to include pumpkins and produce from our newly developed urban garden located in the heart of the park. 
Recreational activities, which had been absent from Palmer Park, have been in full swing for the past three years. Sponsored by PFPP, recreational programs include adult yoga classes at 9:00 am and Kids Yoga on Saturdays at 10:15 am near the Splash Park lot;  t’ai chi lessons on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm at Ponchartrain and 7 Mile; bike rides on Thursdays at 6:30 pm starting from the park center; and a tennis academy for kids and adults mid-week at the tennis courts. These activities will be on schedule for the balance of the summer.
All of these improvements and events have brought scores of people from the metropolitan area to Palmer Park. Additionally, the City of Detroit General Services Department has maintained the park to be impeccable, and the Recreation Department has been a true partner. PFPP is committed to bringing back the park ‘for the good of all,’ which was the motto of Senator Thomas Palmer, who donated the land to the City of Detroit for a public park. We will continue with this mission and will not be deterred by such an unfortunate event.  
Palmer Park has two Detroit Police Department posts — the Mounted Police and the 12th Precinct — within its boundaries and a growing population who live nearby and who use it daily to walk, play, bicycle or exercise.
Rochelle E. Lento                                                                                                                
President, People for Palmer Park


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