This Week at the Park  

Saturday: Yoga at 9 am (last class for the summer!), Yoga for Kids at 10:15 am, and volunteering at our People for Palmer Park gardens with our garden manager Lindsay from 10 am – 1 pm! Tuesday: T’ai Chi at 7 pm, corner of Seven Mile and Pontchartrain; Bike Ride on Thursday, 6:30 – 8 pm (meet at Splash Park lot). Enjoy the summer days at Palmer Park!

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Revitalizing Detroit’s Historic Palmer Park

People for Palmer Park’s Vision & Goals Palmer Park is comprised of 296 acres of lawns and historic woodlands, a public golf course, tennis courts, splash park, 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. PFPP is proud to be the “Adopt-a-Park Partner” with the City of Detroit. 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.  Dream_Envision_logo

Palmer Park Master Plan

Some of our region’s most talented urban planners, landscape architects, and architects 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. Read more P4PP Cuff


Custom-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 several area stores in or near Detroit or by clicking the paypal link. They are also available at our events. Read more

Highlights, Events & Activities:

CLEANUPS 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. Photos  SPLASH PARK! 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 is motion-censored and turns on at 10 am, and shuts off at 8 pmRead more


The PFPP Tennis Academy with support from the  US Tennis ­Association, is expanding to two days a week from June 17-August 21.

The summer youth program is now filled up. To register for the adult program and read more about our tennis program click here.

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

Just for Kids Yoga is held every Saturday at 10:15 am. Photo by Alisha Hunter/Big City Productions


Yoga for adults (all ages welcome) every Saturday morning at 9 am.

Yoga for Adults and Children!

Free adult (all ages) classes are held on Saturdays, 9 – 10 am at the field next to the Splash Park parking lot with certified teachers from popupyogadetroit.com
Free classes for children ages 6-10  follow at 10:15 am. Read more 


T’ai Chi

Peter Guenther teaches every Tuesday from 7-8 pm. Pontchartrain @ 7 mile. Dress to move! No charge.  All skill levels welcome.  Read more


Little League teams play on a recently renovated field in Palmer Park. Last year, the games returned after a 15-year absence. Read more

LOG CABIN DAY June 29, 2014logcabin

On Sunday, June 29, PFPP held its 3rd annual Log Cabin Day. Thank you to everyone who attended, our sponsors and performers. See  you next year to visit the historic Log Cabin — the only one in Detroit — built in 1885 for Senator Thomas W. Palmer and his wife Mary. Read more.    2012 Log Cabin Day    2013 Log Cabin Day

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
11 Responses to “Home”
  1. Rick says:

    Love what you guys are doing and want to get involve. I live in the U of D District and have been there since 1983 love the commuity….and the park stay in touch

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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…

  5. cleaning says:

    Perfectly composed subject material , thanks for entropy.

  6. 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!

  7. 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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