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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!



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.

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

Neighborhood City Halls

The Mayor’s office of Neighborhood City Halls (NCH) helps the City of Detroit communicate effectively with local communities. NCH offers assistance to block clubs and neighborhood associations for projects and events. If you are involved in a block club, contact NCH to find what resources are available to you. NCH can be contacted at 313.224.3450 and their office is located in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (2 Woodward Avenue, Suite 308).

Creekside and local block club members are also in the process of developing a Block Club Toolshed for individuals interested in starting their own block clubs. The Toolshed will be a compilation of important information about creating and sustaining block clubs, and will be available in both hardcopy and electronic formats. We hope to have the Toolshed compiled by mid-March so check back for more details.