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!


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)

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 cpisarski@creeksidedetroit.org.

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


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.

Bike Tour with Wheelhouse Detroit

Creekside is working in partnership with Wheelhouse Detroit to host a bike tour of the far east side on Saturday, May 9 from 10:00am-1:00pm. The tour will begin at the Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop (1340 E. Atwater Street) and make it’s way to the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood, where the bikers will tour our beautiful green spaces, acres of riverfront parks, and unique canal systems.

The tour price is $25.00 (or $35.00 with a bike rental) and a portion of the proceeds will go towards Creekside. To register, click here.

Questions? Contact Caitlyn Pisarski at 313.822.0062 or cpisarski@creeksidedetroit.org.
We hope to see you on your wheels soon!

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.

Weatherization Services for Low-Income Detroiters

The City of Detroit is offering weatherization services for low-income Detroit residents to help reduce energy costs in their homes. Services may include window repairs, attic and wall insulation, pipe insulation, caulking, and weather-stripping. These preventative repairs are helpful to reduce home energy costs year round!

To find out if you are eligible for these services according to the Federal poverty guidelines, please call the hotline number (313) 852-5625.

You can also contact Lynn Miller at the Butzel Family Center for questions: (313) 852-4786. Applications must be filled out in person at this center, which is located at 7737 Kercheval, Detroit, 48214.

Be sure to bring the following information with you when going to fill out your application:

  • Proof of ownership or residency
  • Proof of income of all household members
  • Current gas/electric bills
  • Picture I.D. and Social Security Card

If you have any questions about the application process or would like to learn more about weatherization, please visit the City of Detroit website here. You can also contact Sam Butler at (313) 822-0062 or sbutler@creeksidedetroit.org for weatherization or other housing-related questions.