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 for the Holiday
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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 email@example.com or call 313-891-2514 after you have made your payment to arrange delivery.
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.
Read about Our Apple Orchard in Palmer Park!
In May 2012, People for Palmer Park planted about 700 apple and fruit trees in the park, in several different areas of the park! Read more.
Highlights, Events & Activities:
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Last year, we celebrated the Winter Solstice around a Palmer Park bonfire with carolers singing, holiday cookies, and the beauty of the Park . 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. This year we will celebrate with our friends at Detroit Unity Temple on Sunday, December 22 at 6 pm (see above).
WINTERFEST & DOGGIE PARADE
Join us for our third annual PFPP WinterFest and the Doggie Fashion Parade on Sat., Feb. 1, 2014. Click here to read about last year’s event 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.
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
Raffles Raise Funds for Palmer Park
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 PFPP to raffle. It was a great fundraiser and we will share a photo of the winner soon. The lucky winner for VIP tickets to the US Open Tennis Championship (donated by the USTA) was Leonora King. She also sold the most tickets for this raffle and started the children’s Tennis Academy at Palmer Park. The winning ticket was purchased by a friend as a gift to her. The winning raffle tickets were randomly picked by children as the ticket stubs were spinned and mixed in a large raffle drum. Officiating the event were State Sen. Virgil Smith and blues musician/ARISE Detroit! Executive Director Luther Keith. All proceeds go to People for Palmer Park to benefit the Park and its programs.
Photo: Winners of the PFPP Raffle for a Shinola bike and pair of VIP tickets to the US Open Tennis Championship 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.
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!
T’ai Chi classes with teacher Peter Guenther move indoors to Detroit Unity Temple, 17505 Second Ave., Detroit 48203 (across from Palmer Park). All skill levels welcome. 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
Michigan Log Cabin Day at Palmer Park was held on June 30, 2013. Last year’s celebration and ”Raise the Roof” party on Sept. 8, 2012, 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 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 on Sept. 8, 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.You can donate to help restore the cabin, by clicking the Donate butto