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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 & StewardshipWell 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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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
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
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:
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:
TAKE THE SURVEY
For more information and resources related to the survey and parks in Boston-Edison please visit our Parks Survey Home Page.
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.
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: email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you!
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.
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
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:
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:
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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