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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

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

What makes your 4th of July happy?

The staff here at Creekside are looking forward to a few days off of work. I personally am looking forward to grilling brats and hotdog, spending time in the sun, and heading to Cityfest to see some new bands play.

What makes your 4th a good one? Share your plans for the holiday and let us know what you are most looking forward to this weekend!

Jazzin’ on Jefferson this Saturday

You won’t want to miss the 6th annual Jazzin’ on Jefferson this Saturday, June 26! The event is produced by the Jefferson East Business Association, a non-profit located on the far eastside of Detroit. Visit the event’s official website here for information on the day’s performances, food, parking, and more!

We hope to see you there!

Creekside builds a playground this summer

Creekside is working in partnership with KaBOOM! and The Home Depot to build a new playground in our community! The location is Hansen Playfield on the corner of Drexel and Averhill in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood. View our playground’s own KaBOOM! web page here.

This project will require the enthusiastic involvement of our community. A special thanks to the community residents who joined us last evening for Design Day. Over 25 children and adults gathered at Creekside’s office to design a dream playground that will become a reality this August!

Interested in becoming involved? Join the Planning Committee and take a leadership role in bringing a beautiful new playground to our neighborhood. Or volunteer for Build Day on Thursday, August 6.

To volunteer for one or more of these opportunities, or for any questions, please contact Caitlyn Pisarski at (313) 822-0062 or

New Community Garden on Manistique

Those traveling through the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood may notice beautiful new community gardens taking root on various streets. The most recent addition is the Manistique Community Garden, located at 870/876 Manistique Street.  Gardeners and neighborhood residents Myrtle and Wayne built a natural garden border with branches and tree trunks to bring definition to their space. They are looking forward to receiving lumber for three raised beds from the Garden Resource Program and planting their cold crops and seeds.

Gardeners Myrtle and Wayne in their new community garden

Gardeners Myrtle and Wayne in their new community garden


Using bricks, branches, and tree trunks to build infrastructure

If you are interested in finding out more about community gardening in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood, please contact Caitlyn Pisarski at (313) 822-0062 or

Lakewood Community Garden Builds Raised Beds

Last Saturday community leaders and volunteers joined together for a day of construction and shoveling in the Lakewood Community Garden. Over 15 residents and volunteers joined in the effort throughout the day. Five 4′ x 8′ and two 3′ x 3′ garden beds were constructed from untreated lumber and filled with topsoil. Thank you to all of our volunteers for the time and energy you spent cleaning up the vacant lots, prepping the lumber, and building the beds! Also, a special thank you to the Junior League of Detroit and Jefferson East Business Association for providing the funds to purchase the lumber and topsoil for the project.

838/848 Lakewood

Lakewood Community Garden: 838 & 848 Lakewood

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Volunteers and garden transplants!

Volunteers and garden transplants!

Planting will begin this coming weekend, once the Lakewood South Block Club receives compost from the neighborhood Garden Resource Center. Also, please join us for the 48215 Community Partners signature project on the morning of Saturday, May 9-“Growing in Our Neighborhood.” Gardening and educational activities will be taking place in the garden. If you are interested in volunteering with a community garden or learning more about the May 9 event, please contact Caitlyn Pisarski at or (313) 822-0062.

Community Garden Workday this Saturday

The Lakewood South Block Club and Creekside Community Development Corporation, in partnership with the 48215 Community Partners, are coming together this Saturday, April 18 from 11:00am-3:00pm to build a community garden. The garden plot is located at 838/848 Lakewood, two vacant lots just south of Jefferson Avenue. The group will be constructing a total of eight 4′ x 8′ and three 3′ x 3′ raised beds.

Interested in volunteering and contributing to the establishment of a community garden in your neighborhood? Contact Caitlyn Pisarski at (313) 822-0062,, or just show up on Saturday with a hammer and shovel!

We hope to see you there.