Win a Shinola Bike or Pair of
VIP Tix to US Open Tennis Championship
Win a Shinola Bixby bike (worth $2,000) or a pair of VIP tickets to the US Open Tennis Championship (President’s Suite, Courtside Box (priceless). Drawing on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at LOG CABIN DAY at about 3:30 pm. You do not need to be present to win. All proceeds go to People for Palmer Park to benefit the Park. To buy tickets and read more click here.
Sign up for Tennis
June 18-Aug. 13; Adults, Wednesday, June 19-14, 6-7 pm
Adult registration: www.StartPlayingTennis.com.
10 & Under Children’s program: call Lee, 313-685-1972. Click here for registration form for children.
We were the top contender in the US Tennis Association’s My Gift to Kids’ Tennis campaign in the Midwest. Since the Palmer Park Tennis Academy received the most donations, we will receive an additional $1,000 from USTA. Only one program from each district was selected, and Palmer Park was selected for Southeastern Michigan. Read more
Sunday, July 14, 4-5 pm
Families are invited to Palmer Park for story time near the log cabin and pond! Bring your own blankets or chairs to sit on. Enjoy the spring park scenery and interactive stories read aloud and performed around the theme of GARDENING.
Park at Mounted Police lot at 910 Merrill Plaisance. Gather in front of the log cabin.
New day: Thursdays, through October, 7 pm
Let’s roll! Meet at Palmer Park pool parking lot off of Merrill Plaisance at 7 pm every Thursday. Enjoy riding with a fun group of people through the trails in the historic forest, around the periphery of the park, through the historic Palmer Park Apartment District, the Golf Club neighborhood, and other beautiful neighborhoods with great architecture that surround the park.
We will ride about 10 to 15 miles at a fairly leisurely pace. Feel free to join for part or all of the ride. Meet at the pool parking lot off Merrill Plaisance. Email email@example.com to be added to bike ride email list.
Games most weekends at Palmer Park.
Cheer the new youth Little League teams on as they play on a renovated field. Read more
Free classes on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm
FREE classes with teacher Peter Guenther, will be held in three sessions from April 16 through the middle of September. The first 6-week session will meet at the park at 7 Mile and Pontchartrain. Come dressed to move!
Show Your Love with the Palmer Park CUFF
A perfect gift for the holidays and anytime! Click on the photo to see a bigger version.
Custom-created by artist Barbara Wynder and People for Palmer Park, this bracelet looks great (filled with Palmer Park symbols, and the surrounding historic neighborhoods). It will help support our efforts to improve the park (a portion of each sale goes to People for Palmer Park!). Order your cuff by clicking the paypal button. Price: $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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 313-891-2514 after you have made your payment to arrange delivery.
Saturday, June 29 and Sept. 21, 10 am – 1 pm
Bring your gardening gloves and wear appropriate clothes for a beginning of the season cleanup around the periphery of the park and of the softball field at the Woodward/Merrill Plaisance corner, where we will be painting benches and getting the field ready for opening day! We will provide trash bags, paint brushes and paint. Meet at the pool parking lot off Merrill Plaisance.
Suspicious Tree Cutting in the Forest
As you may know, we closely monitor all activities in the park, and have recently discovered some suspicious tree cutting deep in the forest. Recently, one of our board members discovered a rare shagbark hickory tree, which just days ago was a perfectly healthy tree, cut down laying on its side deep in the forest. The tree was on a trail that begins at the pool parking lot, and traverses east/west out towards Woodward. We suspect that whoever sawed down this tree may return to remove it from the park.
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. To read about our 25 Year Master Plan, click here.
In May 2012, People for Palmer Park planted about 900 apple and fruit trees in the park, in several different areas of the park! Read more.
Highlights, Events & Activities:
The evening was cold, but the friendships and bonefire were warm as dozens of carolers sang, ate holiday cookies, and celebrated the the beauty of the Park and the Winter Solstice. We included a special pray vigil to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School and for peace and nonviolence; and collected warm clothes to donate to those in need. To see photos from the Winter Solstice Celebration click here.
WINTERFEST & DOGGIE PARADE
The PFPP WinterFest and the Doggie Fashion Parade on Sat., Feb. 23 was a blast. Read more and see photos.
We appreciate the support from City of Detroit, Palmer Park Apartments, Shelbourne Development/Malino Construction, Detroit Golf Club, Senator Virgil Smith and many other donors, sponsors and volunteers.
Michigan Log Cabin Day at Palmer Park is coming up on June 30, 2013. Last year’s celebration and ”Raise the Roof” party on Sept. 8 helped to raise awareness about the historic Log Cabin — the only one in Detroit — built in 1885 for Senator Thomas W. Palmer and his wife Mary. We need to raise funds to renovate the Log Cabin now more than ever. Read more.
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, 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!
PALMER PARK TOUR 2013
Architecture Tour Palmer Park Historic Apartment District
Last year, some 400 people joined our guided walking tour of Palmer Park and the Historic Apartment District on Saturday, Oct. 6. They explored exotic architecture from some of Detroit’s best architects in the Egyptian, Spanish, Venetian, Moorish, Tudor and Mediterranean styles. Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters. Here are some wonderful articles from last year’s tour: nighttraintodetroit.com
RAISE THE ROOF: Our fundraiser for the Log Cabin on Sept. 8 was a great success. Click here to visit the People for Palmer Park facebook page to see great photos. This is a huge project, so please continue your support.You can donate to help restore the cabin, by clicking the Donate button