What happens when the public and private sector come together over a shared vision for inclusive community spaces? For one, it means Detroit’s District 7 will have an exciting new park to celebrate this summer! Soon, residents will be able to visit Tireman-Minock park, where they can enjoy walkways, a new playground, fitness equipment, a walking loop, picnic area, and plenty of vibrant green space.
The Tireman-Minock Park project is a part of the city of Detroit’s Strategic Neighborhood Fund initiative and also incorporates funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. Late last year, the Gilbert Family Foundation stepped up with an additional $275,000 investment to ensure the project met all of its goals for the community and was completed on time.
The development of Tireman-Minock is a passion project for Detroit’s District 7 Councilman Fred Durhal III, who wanted to make good on a promise to his constituents by elevating the neighborhood.
“When I was elected councilman, my goals for this district was to ensure that we had everything that everyone else had,” said Durhal. “So that means clean and safe neighborhoods. That means parks where our seniors and our youth can recreate and come together. I am here in that spirit working to ensure that we can accomplish those goals, block by block.” And it’s in that very spirit that the park was conceived, with construction already underway. “When we work together, amazing projects like this happen,” added JJ Velez, Director of Public Spaces at the Gilbert Family Foundation.
Watch the video to learn more about the new Tireman-Minock Park and the people who are driving the project forward.