Creekside Kayak Tour

On August 10th, Riverside Kayak Connection hosted a kayak tour along the Detroit River highlighting the neighborhood’s parks and canals. The tour began at Maheras Gentry Park with nearly 20 eager paddlers from all over metro Detroit.

Paddlers beginning the tour at Maheras Gentry Park

We then continued up the river before entering the canals by Grayhaven. The tour guide shared neighborhood history with the tour group along the route.

Paddlers on the canals surrounding Grayhaven

The tour continued up the river past A.B. Ford Park before entering the canals surrounding Harbor Island.  Many residents were outside waving to the group as we passed.

Harbor Island

Paddlers then returned to Maheras Gentry Park at dusk with hazy views of the downtown Detroit skyline in the distance. Check out Creekside’s Facebook page for more photos.

View of the Detroit Skyline from a kayak

Riverside Kayak Connection has hosted multiple tours this summer with proceeds supporting both Creekside and the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative (DECC). To register for the final tour on September 18th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, contact Riverside Kayak Connection at (734) 285 – 2925. The tour is $35 per paddler.

Thank you to Riverside Kayak Connection for supporting Creekside and DECC, as well as showing off our neighborhood!


Jazzin’ On Jefferson

Creekside volunteers and members were out in full force on June 26th and 27th for Jazzin’ On Jefferson. Jazzin’ On Jefferson is sponsored by the Jefferson East Business Association and features several local and national jazz acts. Creekside had a tent at the event to update community members on all the exciting programs and activities that Creekside is currently running.

Creekside also collected money to continue improvements at Hansen Playfield. In the summer of 2009, Creekside volunteers built a KaBOOM! Playground. Creekside and the Guyton Elementary School Alumni Association are now working together to add a swingset to the playground. For more information or to donate to the cause, please contact Creekside at (313) 822-0062.

Jazzin’ On Jefferson was also a great opportunity to promote Creekside’s Recycling Program. Over 55,000 pounds were recycled by community residents last year alone. Don’t miss the next opportunity to recycle Saturday, July 24th from 10:00am – 2:00pm at the parking lot at the intersection of Jefferson and Chalmers.

Update from May 20th Community Meeting

Miss the last community meeting? Here’s an update on our parks, community gardens, and greenways.


Libby Levy updated everyone on the status of the Conner Creek Greenway. The greenway will run from 8 Mile Rd. to the Detroit River, right through the Creekside community. The project began in 2002 with a 10 year goal for completion. At the end of 9 years, 6.5 miles will be completed. The portion of the greenway from Jefferson to the Detroit River will start around September 2010.

Libby updated everyone on the planning process for the M-DOT I-94 expansion between the Lodge and Connor. DECC is working to secure construction jobs for local residents, greenway accommodation, and limiting the negative environmental impact.

Libby Levy and John Myers


Rich McCleary from the Detroit Recreation Department spoke about summer events at the various parks and recreation centers. Events include day camps, senior programs, sports, and special events. There are several tentative programs that will be finalized when school is out for the summer. Residents can call their local centers for more information on those programs. Rich can be contacted at (313) 224-9010.

Sam Butler spoke about Creekside’s plan for additional improvements to Hansen Playfield. Creekside has received a donation from the Guyton Alumni Association to add more swings to the playground to supplement the KaBoom playground built last year. Any donations to help with this cause would be appreciated.


We have several successful community gardens, including 3 new gardens on Ashland, Navahoe, and Marlborough, as well as the wildflower garden JEBA is creating on Jefferson.

Contact Alisha Opperman at Creekside with any questions at (313) 822-0062 or

Creekside’s Exciting New Fundraising Program!!!

Share your passion and donate to Creekside with your everyday purchases. We’ve partnered with Capital One® Card Lab Connect to bring you our newest fundraising program, which helps us earn money effortlessly every day! Just carry our custom credit card (it comes with a competitive rate), and valuable cash donations for every purchase you make with the card will be donated to our organization. We’ll also receive a $50 bonus donation when you make your first purchase. And not only will you be donating to our cause with each purchase you make, you’ll be helping to spread the word when people see your unique card, designed specifically for our organization.  Help us continue to serve the Jefferson-Chalmers community by applying for your card today!  We will be using your valued donation to do things like add a swing set to Hansen Playfield, grow Creekside’s housing programs, host concerts in the parks, tree plantings, and more!  We promise to update you on our success and what your money is used for quarterly.  Help us make a difference today!

Hors d’oevres and Amour



Creekside Presents: 

Hors d’oeuvres and Amour   

 A Fundraising Event 

The Creekside Board of Directors cordially invites you to a Valentine’s House Party at a beautiful house in the Jefferson-Chalmers community.  

Come enjoy great food, fun and some adult beverages.   

Dress to impress for the best red or pink outfit contest! 

Sunday, February 14 


RSVP to Creekside at 313-822-0062 





Detroit (October 27, 2009) – Ever had a dream to turn your musical passion into a career?  Don’t be afraid.

 On Saturday, October 31, the Creekside Community Development Corporation in partnership with the Detroit Recreation Department will present: Pizzazz on the River, The Scary Music Event.  Learn how Detroit songwriters and composers turned their musical passion into a career.  The event will be held from 1:00pm – 5:00 pm, at the Lenox Recreation Center (100 Lenox) inside of Detroit’s AB Ford Park on the Detroit River. 

 This event features an All-Detroit line-up with soul-funk musician Amp Fiddler, R&B soul hip-hop artist Melanie Rutherford, Contemporary Hip Hop artist Savalas, and Dr. Daniel Holloway – an MD whose life passion is music.  A concert will start the event and a panel discussion with the artists will follow.  Guests, young and old alike will have the time to approach the artists with all their burning questions.   Light refreshments will be served.

 This event is made possible with funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Culture.

The Creekside Community Development Corporation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and strengthening one of Detroit’s great communities:
 Jefferson-Chalmers is in southeast Detroit adjacent to Grosse Pointe Park.  It proudly features a mix of new and historic housing and parks and canals on the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair. 

To find out more about Creekside Community Development Corporation, its programs, events and volunteer possibilities visit or call (313) 822-0062.

New playground at Hansen Playfield

We hope you find time this week to take a break from work and play a little! Creekside volunteers, residents, and the LDRP Block Club, in addition to The Home Depot and KaBOOM!, built a brand new playground at Hansen Playfield (located on the corner of Avondale and Drexel, Detroit, MI 48215).

New playground at Hansen Playfield

New playground at Hansen Playfield

Bring the entire family to check out state-of-the-art equipment, test the planter benches and enjoy a beautiful new playspace!


KaBOOM! Playground Build this Thursday

The time is finally here! Creekside, KaBOOM! and The Home Depot, with the help of incredible community members and volunteers, will build a playground in our neighborhood on Thursday, August 6th.

Join us at Hansen Playfield (the corner of Avondale and Drexel, Detroit, MI 48215) to witness a playground build in one day! Registration and breakfast begins at 8:00am and the opening ceremony will start at 8:30am. For questions, please contact Caitlyn at 313.822.0062 or

East Jefferson Business District on special alert

The Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA) and the Detroit Police Department are working together to solve the several attempted break-ins that have occurred over the past week along the East Jefferson Business District. According to JEBA, the district is on special alert and will be receiving extra police patrols.

JEBA is encouraging all business owners, residents and visitors to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the Detroit Police Department by calling 911. The attempted break-ins in the district have occurred as early as 9:00pm and have targeted both rear and front entrances.

Please contact JEBA at (313) 331-7939 if you have any information concerning the events or have any questions.

Detroit CDCs fight the mortgage crisis

A recent Model D article highlights the important and always evolving work of community development corporations in Detroit-including Creekside! Find out how your neighborhood is fighting the mortgage crisis and what you can do to contribute to the effort.