Map: Parks, Open Space, and Recreation in Detroit

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Detroit Future City has some grand plans for expanding green spaces in the city. I would argue that the city already has  more parks than it can manage with the closing of 51 parks last  year (map). Belle Isle is set to become the “Mackinac Island of the South” and others have grand plans for Rouge Park while there is still the development of controversial Hantz Farms/ Woodlands and SHAR Recovery Park. If these green spaces can be better developed and maintained it can help boost the health of Detroit residents and reduce crime.

The “areas to consider new parks” seem to create barriers between areas where there is higher population density and the Downtown/ Midtown region. Seems like areas to consider new parks would better fit where former industrial sites might have been. The exciting part of this map is the development of Greenways. I can’t wait for the loop to be complete that will connect the entire city in a bikeable pathway. Any future development of bus rapid transit or streetcars needs to also include dedicated and buffered bike lanes along major road arteries, such as Woodward, Gratiot, Jefferson, Grand River, Michigan Ave.

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