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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!


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