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Parks & Recreation Bridge magazine makes a special mention on Lear’s support of parks in the city of Detroit

Bridge magazine makes a special mention on Lear’s support of parks in the city of Detroit

The Center for Michigan’s Bridge magazine published an article entitled “Shh! Detroit’s little-known success story: Its parks are getting better”, detailing efforts since the city’s bankruptcy to improve the quality of life for residents.

A special mention was made regarding Lear’s support of parks in the city of Detroit: “Southfield-based Lear Corporation has donated more than $5 million over the past five years for major improvements at six parks, including $2 million in repairs for two historic Olympic-sized swimming pools at Rouge Park.”

The article also mentioned that Lear founded and funds the “Motor City Grounds Crew”, a non-profit group that maintains Lear-adopted parks and helps city groups clean up neighborhoods, with the aid of a 16-foot diesel truck.

In addition to civic group leaders commenting on the overall improvement, the article states, “in most parks, workers are cutting grass and picking up trash on a regular basis. That might be a basic function in most cities, but it’s a huge step forward in Detroit, given the neglect of recent years. They are also painting equipment and making other improvements, and usage appears to be growing.”

In Rouge Park where Lear helped restore the Brennan pools, the article further notes that the city’s biggest park is even larger than New York City’s Central Park and people enjoying the venue share it with deer, herons, owls and wild turkeys that populate almost 1200 acres (4.9M square meters).

The president of the Friends of the Rouge group is quoted as saying, “I was so excited when Mayor Duggan came to our end of the city and went on about how important parks are. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a mayor that recognizes the value of parks…he goes on and on about parks and understands that parks will bring the city up and that having parks will bring more residents back in. And that he doesn’t want to shut down parks. And I love that.”

Bridge is an online magazine publishing content focused on six key facets of life in Michigan: Talent and Education; Quality of Life; Success; Public Sector; Vulnerable Children and Families; and Economy and Competitive Position. The Center for Michigan was created to help Michigan citizens develop an agenda to move our state forward.

For more on the Lear-sponsored Motor City Grounds Crew, click here.

For the full article click here.

Posted on 8/13/2015

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