If you've cruised east down to where the Davison Freeway ends just north of Hamtramck in the evolving neighborhood affectionately called No Ham and/or Banglatown, you may have noticed an unusual construction site. The good people behind the non-profit Power House Productions have teamed up with some talented professional skate park designers (from around the country!) to turn four vacant commercial lots into a new attraction. They are calling it Ride It Sculpture Park and the first phase is under construction right now with a plan to get it open by the end of the month. The initiative is not unlike the West Village's attempt to create a home-grown attraction out of some extra space with the Tashmoo Beirgarten, but instead focuses on keeping kids busy (i.e. out of trouble). Not that adults won't love it too; this thing is built for pros and beginners alike. These photos taken during the process last week show the team gearing up to pour concrete into the custom-built plywood design. Power House is still fundraising to finish the project and cover the rest of the open space with the skater park, but just got a big boost from a $250 K grant for both Ride It and a related projects to turn vacant houses into a series of active sculptural spaces.
· POWER HOUSE PRODUCTIONS LLC's Fundraiser: Ride It Sculpture Park [Crowdrise]
· Michelle and Chris Gerard Photographers.[Official]
· Fun with Funding [Curbed Detroit]
· Banglatown to Vacant Houses: Ride it or Squash it [Curbed Detroit]