Archive for the ‘Green Spaces’ Category

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!

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Update from May 20th Community Meeting

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

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

Parks

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.

Gardens

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 aopperman@creeksidedetroit.org

On your way to Jazzin’, don’t forget to recycle!

Hello Creekside neighbors!

This is another reminder that there is a recycling drop-off location in your community THIS weekend! Please come down and see us at Chalmers and Jefferson from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27.

If it is your first time, just grab a magazine or milk jug and come get a tour. Recycling is a fun, positive, and easy way that you can impact your community, the city, and the environment. Make it your new family project! Come by, ask for Lauren, and get a quick lesson and a tip sheet so you know how to get started. Recycling is an important step in personal responsibility and community health. Take a few minutes out of your day to learn how to do something positive for yourself!

Check this link for the information on what we accept: Recyclehere.net

See you tomorrow!!

(authored by Lauren Cooper)

Creekside and Greening plant 45 trees on Philip

Last weekend Creekside, the Greening of Detroit, and over 60 volunteers successfully planted 45 trees along the south end of Philip Street. The group planted several different species, which replaced trees affected by the emerald ash borer recently removed by the City.

Volunteers gather around a Greening demonstration

Volunteers gather around a Greening demonstration

Go Green, Plant a Tree

Creekside and The Greening of Detroit are gearing up for another day of tree planting! Join us this Saturday, May 16 at 9:00am outside Guyton Elementary School (355 Phillip Street, Detroit, MI 48215). We will be planting until noon so come anytime throughout the morning. Creekside has planted more than 600 trees in the neighborhood over the past several years-join us on Saturday and continue the tradition of making a real difference in our community! 

For questions or to RSVP for the event, please contact Caitlyn Pisarski at 313.822.0062 or cpisarski@creeksidedetroit.org.

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

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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 cpisarski@creeksidedetroit.org.

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 cpisarski@creeksidedetroit.org 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, cpisarski@creeksidedetroit.org, or just show up on Saturday with a hammer and shovel!

We hope to see you there.

Recycling Drop-Off This Weekend

Hello Creekside neighbors! This is a reminder that there is a recycling drop-off location in your community THIS weekend! Please come down and see us at Chalmers and Jefferson from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If it is your first time, just grab a magazine or milk jug and come get a tour. Recycling is a fun, positive, and easy way that you can impact your community, the city, and the planet! Make it your new family project! Come by, ask for Lauren, and get a quick lesson and a tip sheet so you know how to get started. Recycling is an important step in personal responsibility and community health. Take a few minutes out of your day to learn how to do something positive for yourself!

Check this link for the information on what we accept: recyclehere.net

(authored by Lauren Cooper)

Block Club to Clean Up Vacant Lots

The Lakewood South Block Club will be making an impact on their block this Saturday morning, March 21. They will be cleaning up two city-owned vacant lots (838 and 848 Lakewood Street) in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood in preparation for a community garden. Over the next month, the block club has several planned gardening events, including a garden design meeting and a work-day kick-off in April. The block club is a member of the Garden Resource Program in Detroit, which provides packets of seeds, transplants, and technical support to community gardens for only $20.

If you are interested in volunteering  with the Lakewood South Block Club or would like to learn how you can contribute to this effort through monetary or in-kind donations, please contact Caitlyn Pisarski at (313) 822-0062 or cpisarski@creeksidedetroit.org.