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Campaign underway to activate Corktown park

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More green space!

Right on Trumbull, between Porter and Abbott, an effort is underway to add more green space and community space to a prime Corktown location.

The Corktown Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is leading a campaign to reactivate the Dean Savage Park on Trumbull to improve the quality of life for its residents and businesses in their neighborhood.

The park currently is underutilized, but in a great location. It’s near Batch Brewing Company and the Trumbull and Porter Hotel. It was cleaned up a couple years ago, but beyond that, not much has happened there.

The campaign looks to "support rehabbing the shuffleboard court that was once active in the park. Additional improvements to the park include the implementation of a dog park, a basketball court, outdoor seating, a biergarten, improving connectivity of the park through facilities."

The campaign is trying to raise $27,500 for improvements. If they reach this goal by the end of day August 13, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Housing Development Authority will provide a matching grant of $27,500.

They’ve raised nearly $15,000 at the time of publication.

"Public spaces are vital to thriving neighborhoods," said Chad Rochkind, Executive Director of the Corktown Economic Development Corporation. "Parks can improve quality of life and economic development. They are the spaces where we define our neighborhood identity."

Trumbull and Porter Hotel will be hosting a fundraiser for Dean Savage Memorial Park on August 12 at 6:30pm in the courtyard of Trumbull and Porter Hotel. Live music, food, and beer will be included with the $50 ticket. Tickets can be purchased here.