Project EverGreen receives $50,000 matching grant to support Detroit park renovations

March 2, 2023 -  By
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Project EverGreen received a $50,000 matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) to help the national nonprofit finish the renovation of Detroit’s Gmeiner Park and assist with future green space restoration projects in the city. The grant will also provide resources to the community that will help the organization care for the parks for years to come.

“Parks play a vital role in the health and well-being of youth and adults alike. Connecting people to their parks also enhances social well-being, relationships, safety and local environmental health,” said Project EverGreen Executive Director Cindy Code. “Together with the generous grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places grant program, we were able to restore Gmeiner Park and set the table to continue to create healthy, thriving parks across the city of Detroit for generations to come.”

The 30-day crowdfunding campaign encouraged Detroit residents, businesses and parks enthusiasts to raise $50,000 to receive the $50,000 matching grant. The 10-acre park in Northwest Detroit received a new 6-foot wide, half-mile walking path, the installation of mature trees in and around the perimeter of the park, new tables and benches. Work will continue this year in conjunction with Detroit’s parks and recreation department when the department installs  new inclusive playground, along with other improvements.

“This successful campaign demonstrates the value and power of community and business working together to elevate their neighborhoods,” Code said. “No one group can do it alone. This matching grant win demonstrates what the private and public sector can achieve working together in support of healthy public parks.”

The work at Gmeiner Park aligns with Project EverGreen’s mission to create healthy parks with actively growing grass, trees and shrubs that work to sequester carbon and produce clean air.

“The Gmeiner Park project has breathed new life into an important community asset and provided new recreational opportunities for residents of this neighborhood in Northwest Detroit,” said Michele Wildman, MEDC executive vice president of economic development incentives “We are pleased to support and provide resources for this project through our Public Spaces Community Places program.”

The final phase of the Gmeiner Park renovation will be completed this spring.

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