More than 200 volunteers beautify 11 sites in southwest Detroit

June 10th, 2012
Cathy Samanen, Elease Davis and Elvin help prepare the soil at Matrix Theater.

It was truly a collaborative effort of organizations, businesses, community groups and individuals committed to community service and the revitalization of southwest Detroit.

Neighborhood Beautification Day 2012 drew more than 200 volunteers who transformed 11 different sites on Saturday, June 9. Southwest Solutions partnered with Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI), Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA), Matrix Theater, 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios, Detroit Farm and Garden, and Roosevelt Park Conservancy to organize the event.

The sites (alphabetically):

Carson Apartments Lot: Volunteers refreshed the landscaping, planted and cleaned. Friendship Church Canton, Southwest Lending Solutions, the Southwest Solutions’ Housing Opportunity Center and others teamed at this site. Team leader: Dave LeClerc.

Family Treat Park: Volunteers created a new park area in a vacant lot, cleaned the alley, weeded, built garden beds and walking paths, and planted. Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI), Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA), Shelter Design, Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc.(BHPi), Keating Contracting, and D&V Excavating teamed up to accomplish this ambitious project. Team leaders: Matt Bihun and Steve Pariseau.

Home of Herta Bosas: Sherwin Williams, MacDermott Roofing and O’Brien Construction repaired the home of this long-time resident of southwest Detroit. Peeling paint was removed, facades and the porch repainted, and new gutters were installed.

Longworth Lot: Volunteers cut the lawn, removed debris, and fixed and installed fencing. Casey Fence Company, O’Brien Construction, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI), and others participated in this effort. Team leaders: Vanessa Johnson and Mike Brown.

Matrix Theater Scupture Garden: Volunteers created a new garden and walking path designed by Jeff Klein, owner of Detroit Farm and Garden. Southwest Housing Solutions, Matrix Theater, Detroit Farm and Garden, and others worked on this project. Team leaders: Michael Koehler and Jeff Klein.

Mercado Planters: Volunteers weeded the large planters, added soil, and planted flowers and decorative grasses. Southwest Housing Solutions and others worked on this project. Team leaders: Hector Hernandez and Marsha Goan.

Our Garden Place: Volunteers weeded existing flower beds, transported small fruit trees, and created new raised beds in a space across from Woodmere Cemetery. Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI), Southwest Solutions’ Center for Working Families, and neighborhood residents worked together on this project. Team leader: Anne Byrne.

Roosevelt Park: Volunteers weeded and cleaned. Roosevelt Park Revival teamed with Partnership for Youth, Southwest Solutions and others. Team leader: Nick Piotrowski.

Service Tire lot: Volunteers cleared and cleaned up this overgrown and littered lot. Jermor Plumbing & Heating, 555 Arts, Partnership for Youth, Southwest Housing Solutions, and Summer in the City worked on this site. Team leaders: Dan Loacano and Monte Martinez.

Springdale Green Playlot Team: Volunteers weeded, maintained and developed the garden, and cleaned this community park. Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan (HBAM), Urban Neighborhood Initiatives (UNI), SW Girl Scout Troop #80206, O’Brien Construction, and others participated in this effort. Team leader: Julianna Rivera.

Stanton Park Team: Volunteers weeded, planted vegetables, cleaned the playscape, and spruced up this community park. Nationwide Interlock, Hubbard Farms Futbol Team, Southwest Housing Solutions, residents, and others teamed at this site. Team leader: Vince Murray.

The sixth annual Neighborhood Beautification Day was sponsored by:

Gold Sponsors:
Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc.(BHPi)
Flagstar Bank

Silver Sponsors
MacDermott Roofing
O’Brien Construction
Sherwin Williams
Shelter Design Studio

Casey Fence Company
D&V Excavating, LLC
Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan (HBAM)
Jermor Plumbing & Heating
Keating Contracting
Nationwide Interlock
Southwest Lending Solutions

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