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  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 2:55 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME magazine (National Media Sponsor for the Junior League of Detroit 2018 & 2020 Designers' Show House) and Discovery + Channel are looking for a beautiful home in one of Detroit's historic neighborhoods for a new Interior Design show. The home will not be opened to the public for house tours. For more information please contact Liana Dabir  Liana.dabir@gmail.com.

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 12:34 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)


    Detroit Parks & Recreation learned a lot about what priorities residents have for their Detroit parks and recreation system. Below is a quick summary of the results of the survey with the top 6 goals. Scroll down to learn more about the next phase of the Parks & Rec Plan to join a focus group and stay involved. 


    Goal #1 Focus on Maintenance: Advocacy & Stewardship
    Well maintained, clean amenities and facilities were rated as the highest priority for residents, with 92% of respondents rating it as important or very important. However, there were mixed reviews of experiences with maintenance of parks, with:

    • Positive - 41%
    • Neutral - 22%
    • Negative - 37%

    Indicating there is work to be done to improve our maintenance programs. The majority of respondents, 60%, were part of a neighborhood organization, indicating an interest in park stewardship and continued advocacy on behalf of Detroit parks.


    Goal #2 Ensure Access to Nature
    In the nature and environment section the two highest priorities were: maintenance of natural spaces (with 92% rated as important or very important) and access to natural spaces (with 90% rated as important or very important).
    And respondents reported that the main issues keeping them from using natural spaces were:

    • Dumping / trash - 50%
    • Not knowing know where natural spaces are near me - 48%
    • Worry about visibility / sight lines - 36%
    • Not knowing what to do in these spaces - 13%


    Goal #3 Expand Fitness & Athletics
    Year-round fitness opportunities was reported to be the third most important element to residents’ health and wellbeing in parks and rec., with 82% of respondents prioritizing it above physical health services, education on health/fitness and healthy food options.
    Athletics was a top rated activity for parks (40%) and rec centers (43%), but may respondents also reported issues accessing athletics in neighborhoods, such as:

    • Lack of information 65%
    • Lack of options - 26%
    • Lack of availability (timing) - 13%
    • Cost/affordability - 8%
    • Lack of transportation - 8%


    Goal #4 Invest in Resilient Centers & Health
    People reported wanting their rec centers to do more than before, to be resilient resource centers that adapt to people’s changing needs, that can serve as:

    • Exercise/fitness center - 80%
    • Space to connect with community members - 60%
    • Youth center - 54%
    • Adult education venue - 45%
    • Resource center (for emergency distribution, etc.) - 44%
    • Sports/athletic space- 43%
    • Physical health services venue - 34%

    Unsurprisingly, amidst a pandemic respondents reported public health as a vital component to the parks and recreation system. Priorities were safe social-distancing opportunities (83%), physical health services(62%), education on health (61%), healthy food options (59%), mental health services (46%), all of which were rated as important or very important.


    Goal #5 Provide Safe Access
    Residents reported that they want walkable access to parks, which feel safe.  Some concerns (in order of priority) were crime, blight and traffic along the route. And the majority of residents reported that they have walked (84%) or biked (66%) to their local park, and 88% reported having used a Greenway in Detroit, such as the Riverwalk or Dequindre Cut. 
     
    Top reported priorities were:

    • Walkable access to parks 91%
    • Safe biking routes - 89%
    • Trails for fitness opportunities - 88%
    • Access for residents with disabilities and limited mobility - 83%
    • Easy access (walkable or by transit) to rec centers 76%


    Goal #6 Assess equity
    The number one reason that keeps residents from using the Detroit parks and recreation system is lack of information about what is available. For parks 42% of all responses reported not using parks because they did not know what was available, for rec centers it was 63%, and rec programs were even higher, at 66%. Collaborative marketing and working together to get the word out about parks and rec is critical to addressing this barrier and ensuring equal access.

    An essential goal throughout the survey was to provide a parks and recreation system that is welcoming to all. Along with Increasing awareness, other suggestions included Improving the permitting process, adding spaces/activities for teens, and ensuring safety without excluding groups.

    What’s next? FOCUS GROUPS
    The next phase of the Parks and Rec Strategic Plan is a series of focus groups based on the priorities identified in the surveys. 
    If you are interested in joining one of the focus groups listed below, please follow this link:

    CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A FOCUS GROUP

    1. Maintenance & Stewardship
    2. Nature
    3. Fitness & Athletics
    4. Health & Centers
    5. Safe Access
    6. Equity

    Focus Groups are meeting through the end of July.

    The next newsletter will be coming out later this summer with a draft plan and set of recommendations for public review. Current information can be found on the website at detroitmi.gov/parksplan

  • Friday, April 09, 2021 11:42 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    At the Annual Meeting on May 26, 2021 your Historic Boston-Edison Association (HBEA) will be looking to elect six Board of Directors Positions. The following are open for election:

    • Zone B position is: Longfellow (Currently Vacant)
    • Zone C positions are: Edison, W.  Chicago, Longfellow, W. Boston Blvd. and At Large



    Here is your opportunity to help guide our neighborhood for the future. You will be able to help organize, meet and work with your fellow neighbors on important issues that affect our community. Also, you can help direct input in the operation that will shape the way you live in our district. 


    Nominating petitions are available to download here [PDF]

    April 15, 2021 is the nomination deadline.

    Per the Association Bylaws Director’s positions are open to all Active Members, “in good standing” who meet the following criteria:

    1. At least eighteen (18) years of age or older
    2. Minimum one (1) year residency in the City of Detroit, in the Boston-Edison Historic District and the State of Michigan by holding and producing valid government-issued identification
    3. Prior demonstration of interests in the HBEA through involvement in HBEA meetings, committees or other neighborhood activities
  • Friday, April 02, 2021 4:58 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    At this time the beautification is looking for feedback from residents regarding local parks. The intent of the survey is to receive input from all neighbors regarding maintenance, amenities and potential programs in the park spaces that serve Historic Boston Edison Association (HBEA) residents. HBEA and the Beautification committee will use this information to identify shared interests and priorities, and develop a strategy for maintenance and improvements within the parks.

    TAKE THE SURVEY

    For more information and resources related to the survey and parks in Boston-Edison please visit our Parks Survey Home Page.

  • Saturday, March 06, 2021 9:49 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    The city of Detroit will be installing speed humps this year.

    For more information about speed humps, see the city's informational flyer.

    To find out where speed humps will be installed during 2021, see District 5's Speed Hump List.

  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 7:15 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    The DLBA’s Land Reuse Team would like to remind you that we are here to embrace our Neighborhood Lot Endorsers on our weekly Endorsement Office Hours sessions. Join us for program information and application revisions on Tuesdays, noon – 1pm; Zoom details have been listed below.

    Zoom Details (Tuesdays, 12pm – 1pm)

    Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/96005062566

    Or Telephone: +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 558 8656

    Webinar ID: 960 0506 2566

    If you have any questions, please send an email to: landreuse@detroitlandbank.org. We look forward to seeing you!


  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 7:14 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    Some great news to share – DTE/Focus Hope/IBEW are getting the final touches on a TREE TRIM ACADEMY to start up this Spring in the City. A 6-week training program to take place at Focus Hope (2-week work readiness), followed by 2 weeks of Tree Trim training, then 2 weeks Class B CDL training at the new DTE Tree Trim Academy (build out underway, located at 7800 Pearson, near Rouge Park).  Please share the attached flyer for the program. 


  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 7:13 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    COVID-19 Vaccines are available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY for Detroiters 60+ at more locations in the Detroit community.

    Call (313) 230-0505 Monday–Friday, 9 am – 6 pm to schedule.

    Appointments are available at the following locations on: Saturday, February 27th and March 6th, 13th & 20th

    • Fellowship Chapel - 7707 West Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48235
    • Second Ebenezer - Church 14601 Dequindre St, Detroit, MI 48212
    • Grace Community Church - 21001 Moross Road 
    • Kemeny Recreation Center - 2260 S. Fort Street
  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 7:12 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    By following this link you can stay up to date on the latest COVID vaccine info.  https://detroitmi.gov/departments/detroit-health-department/programs-and-services/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccine-latest-updates

    The following groups can schedule an appointment by calling 313-230-0505 Monday-Friday from 9 am until 6 pm: 

    • NEW! A Good Neighbor who is age 55 or older who lives in Detroit or in Michigan, who drives a Detroiter age 60+ to the TCF Center vaccine site. The appointments must be made at the same time. Detroit residents may begin scheduling appointments at the TCF Center.
    • Any resident of the City of Detroit who is age 60 or older (that means anyone born in 1960 or earlier).
    • Childcare providers and K-12 school employees.
    • Adult Foster Care caregivers.
    • U.S. Post Office employees who live or work in Detroit.
    • Employees of the City of Detroit or city-related agencies who are working from their regular job site. (Employees working from home are not eligible currently).
    • Federal, state law enforcement officials who live or work in Detroit and report to a job site, such as FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshall, U.S. Attorney, State Police, and Michigan Attorney General.
    • Active members of the clergy who live or work in Detroit and whose ministry brings them into face-to-face contact with congregation members. Bring ministry ID with you to appointment.
    • Funeral home/mortuary services employees who live or work in Detroit. Bring pay stub/ funeral home ID with you to appointment.
    • All food or beverage workers living or working in the City of Detroit: Grocery stores, restaurants, meat packing, food and beverage handling facilities.
    • Security guards and janitors.
    • All identified populations in Group 1A. Paid and unpaid persons in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials working in Detroit.
    • Detroit residents 18+ with intellectual and developmental disabilities, caregivers of those residents and home healthcare providers if they travel in the same vehicle during the appointment. One live-in caregiver per resident. Evidence of condition required at appointment.

    There will be no cost to individuals for the COVID-19 vaccination.

    If you are in one of the identified groups to receive a vaccine, one caller can book for multiple people in your car.  You will need 6 pieces of information for each person when you make the call:

    1. Name
    2. Address
    3. Date of Birth
    4. Phone number
    5. Email
    6. Have you had previous allergic reactions to vaccines.


  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 7:10 PM | Helen Gales (Administrator)

    DEPSA School will be hosting a food bank with Gleaners. The distribution will occur on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 between 9 AM and 11 AM, no appointment is needed. DEPSA is located at 1903 Wilkins St. Detroit, Mi. 48207 near Eastern Market. Please see attached flyer.



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