May 3 & 4


Sat. (10 am-6 pm) free admission
Sunday (noon-5 pm) free admission
Join us for the exciting return of the Palmer Park Art Fair, with the wonderful array of:

  • Juried artists from Detroit & across the country
  • Art Demos (glass blowing and metal casting, mural painting)
  • Art activities for children
  • Food, beer tent, martini bar
  • Much more!

Saturday Night, 7 pm


Thornetta Davis and her band will be celebrating with us! Art, food, beer, martinis and a great party to support the arts in Detroit!

Tickets, patron and sponsor info: palmerparkartfair.com

Palmer Woods Music in Homes with Thornetta Davis, June 2013.


People for Palmer Park needs you to help us and Integrity Shows, producer of the Art Fair! See the jobs and times for various shifts. We have special perks for our volunteers and will love you alot!

Download the forms and email them to pfppvolunteers@gmail.com 
Or call Lee King with questions: 313-828-8847

Here are the art fair job description

Here are the times for the shifts

Sign up for a Volunteer Position or

   You can click here to volunteer online

Tennis to begin June 17

Read more and register for youth and adult classes

Palmer Park Master Plan

Dream_Envision_logoSome of the most talented urban planners, landscape architects, and architects in the region are donating their skills to develop a Master Plan for Palmer Park — a roadmap for the next 10-plus years for developing the park. Led by the Gibbs Planning Group, participants include members of the Michigan chapters of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Congress for New Urbanism. Share your ideas with them by filling out the surveyRead more

The park that was originally laid out by Fredrick Law Olmsted, considered by many to be the father of American Landscape Architecture. Frederick Olmsted Sr. and his partner Charles Eliot designed approximately 110-acres of Palmer Park under the direction of Lizzie Palmer between 1893 and 1895. Olmsted would retire in 1895 having completed some 500 commission. Olmsted also designed Central Park in New York City, the Emerald Necklace in Boston, and Belle Isle here in Detroit.  Read more 

PFPP Cuff: Great Gift to support Palmer Park

P4PP CuffCustom-created by artist Barbara Wynder and People for Palmer Park, this bracelet looks great (filled with Palmer Park symbols, and historic neighborhoods). Proceeds go to People for Palmer Park!You can buy the Palmer Park Cuff at these stores in or near Detroit:

Or you can order your cuff by clicking the paypal button. $55 if you pick up your Cuff (location in Palmer Woods, near Palmer Park) or $60 if you want it shipped. Email your address and directions to info@peopleforpalmerpark.org or call 313-891-2514 after you have made your payment to arrange delivery.

Thank you to all who shopped at Whole Foods in Detroit’s Midtown on March 19 and helped to raise funds to support PFPP. Read more




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Revitalizing Detroit’s
Historic Palmer Park

PFPP’s Vision & Goals

Palmer Park is comprised of 296 acres of lawns and historic woodlands, a public golf course, tennis courts, outdoor pool, hiking and biking trails, Lake Frances, a historic log cabin, and more. Located between 6 and 7 Mile Roads and west of Woodward Avenue in Detroit, it has been a treasured nature park and recreation site for more than 100 years.

People for Palmer Park (PFPP) is an organization committed to the preservation, reinvention, and revitalization of Palmer Park, for the good of all. Our vision is to create an urban oasis, regional destination, and daily recreation site that will promote an active and healthy community.

Our guiding values include preservation of park resources; restoration and preservation of the park’s history; equal benefit and access to the park; creation of a safe park environment; responsiveness to park users and the public; timeliness in our actions; and collaboration and cooperation with the city, community, and stakeholders. 

Highlights, Events & Activities:

A beautiful bonfire in the woods...

A beautiful bonfire in the woods…

Join our email list so we can let you know about our next cleanup

WINTER SOLSTICE in Palmer Park has been celebrated around a bonfire with carolers singing, holiday cookies, and the beauty of the Park; we also collect warm clothes to donate to those in need. To see photos from a past Winter Solstice Celebration click here. 

More than 1,000 visitors celebrated the opening of Detroit’s Palmer Park  new home for a state-of-the art Splash Park on Sunday, Aug. 18, thanks to the generosity of Lear Corporation and support from the City of Detroit. Lear also donated a picnic lunch, free “Splash” t-shirts for the first 300 children and other festivities for the Opening Day party.

The People for Palmer Park (PFPP) applauds the efforts of Lear Corporation and the City of Detroit for donating time, effort and funds to build the Splash Park.

The new Palmer Park Splash Park will be motion-censored and will be programmed to turn on at 10:00 am, and automatically shut off at 8:00 pm. Read more 

Log Cabin Day 2013 a Great Success 

Raffles Raise Funds for Palmer Park

Winners of the PFPP Raffle for a Shinola bike and Pair of VIP tickets to the US Open Tennis Championship where picked on Log Cabin Day by Jessica Fligger. With her, left to right, are Angella Durkin, PFPP President Rochelle Lento, PFPP Tennis Academy Coordinator Leonora King and State Senator Virgil Smith.

We thank all the people who purchased raffle tickets to support PFPP’s efforts to revitalize the park. PFPP is so grateful to Shinola for donating one of its beautiful Bixby bikes to the PFPP to raffle and for VIP tickets to the US Open Tennis Championship (donated by the USTA).  All proceeds went to PFPP to benefit the Park and its programs. Read more

Photo: Winners of the PFPP Raffle were picked on Log Cabin Day. Left to right: Angella Durkin, PFPP President Rochelle Lento, PFPP Tennis Academy Coordinator Leonora King, student at the PFPP Tennis Academy Jessica Fligger, and State Senator Virgil Smith.


The PFPP Tennis Academy has been so successful this past year that the US Tennis ­Association is helping us expand to two days a week from June 17-August 21.

For more information and to sign up for the summer youth program: call Lee, Our tennis program has expanded to adults! Call Leonora King at 313-828-8847 to register. Wednesday, June 18, 6 -7 pm. Limited room for only 16 people.

We were the top contender in the US Tennis Association’s My Gift to Kids’ Tennis campaign in the Midwest. Read more


Look for more classes in the Spring 2014!


Yoga classes resume on Saturdays, 9 – 10 am at the field next to the Splash Park parking lot in the Spring. First class will be held on May 17.
Join our email list to find out about classes in the future. Read more



Tuesdays, 7 – 8 pm, beginning May 6
Peter Guenther teaches all skill levels beginning May 6. Pontchartrain @ 7 mile.  Dress to move! No charge. Read more



This year, after a 15-year absence, we welcomed back youth Little League teams as they played on a renovated field in Palmer Park this summer. Read more

LOG CABIN June 29, 2014logcabin

On Sunday, June 29, we will hold our Third Annual Log Cabin Day. Details to come! Visit the historic Log Cabin — the only one in Detroit — built in 1885 for Senator Thomas W. Palmer and his wife Mary.  Read more.

Fall Planting Days

People for Palmer Park’s Gardening & Beautification Committee planted hundreds of  spring bulbs. Thank you to to all the volunteers and to  Costco, Home Depot and Lowe’s in Madison Heights for donating bulbs! Later in the month of October 2012, we also planted 15 Red Maple Trees along Woodward Ave. Thank you to the City of Detroit and Greening of Detroit for the trees and training!

RAISE THE ROOF: Our fundraiser for the Log Cabin in 2012 was a great success. Click here to visit the People for Palmer Park facebook page to see photos. This is a huge project, so please continue your support. We need to raise funds to renovate the Log Cabin now more than ever.You can donate to help restore the cabin, by clicking the Donate button

10 Responses to “Home”
  1. Reenie says:

    I think it’s great that all of these activities are going on. I’ve never been to Palmer Park, but I’ll be sure to stop by now. Can people use the baseball field when games are not in session?

    • Yes, all the facilities at Palmer Park are open to the public. If you plan a gathering with a large group, you need to contact Ms. Lynn Shaw, Event Coordinator, City of Detroit Recreation Department—(313) 224-1907 or lshaw@detroitmi.gov). Depending on the nature of the gathering, you may need to file an events application with the City.

  2. Patricia Walsh says:

    I am so delayed in praising your amazing work in revitalizing Palmer Park for the benefit of the community. I especially enjoyed Log Cabin Day in 2013. Keep up your tremendous good work and enthusiasm!!! Is there an address to which I could send a donation?

  3. Michelle says:

    I am glad to see this in the city Detroit. This is so needed for the kids to have something to do. And the motion activation for the water is definitely a plus with welfare of children. I remember going to the pool with my father Steven Gardener who was head of the park and recreation of the city of Detroit, Continue with more greatness for the city…

  4. cleaning says:

    Perfectly composed subject material , thanks for entropy.

  5. I .was so thrilled that you were having Log Cabin Day at Palmer Park this year I was there for a similar event planned by the Log Cabin Society of Michigan on June 24, 2001 with professional entertainers. It was listed in the calendar of events for Detroit 300, and we did dance the Virginia Reel at the log cabin! The log cabin was open to the public without furnishings but I had enlargements of photos showing how the rooms used to look. Everytime I came to Detroit- I think in Dec. 1990, l995, l997, 2001, and 2005 I visited the cabin. Our newsletter & meetings helped block an attempt to move the log cabin away from the park. Thanks for PFPP for inviting us this time!

  6. Shirley Northcross says:

    We have been a 45+ year resident of this community and have not ever during those years seen sooooo much done sooooo quickly!!!! What an impact your organization has made to the neighborhood—-THANK YOU—David/Shirley Northcross

    • Thank you for the encouraging feedback! Hope to see you at Log Cabin day on June 30, 1-4 pm for a rare tour of the cabin, fun family festivities, music, dance, costumes and free ice cream from Guernsey Farms!

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