Give a Park, Get a Park Design Competition
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Give a park, get a park

In this project the City of Detroit will ‘give a park’ – offer to sell a mid-block, decommissioned mini-park to adjacent community residents, allowing residents to increase financial equity and physical stake in their neighborhoods.  The same neighborhood will then ‘get a park’ – a larger park comprised of vacant, city-owned corner lots less than a mile from the former park.  This new park will be planned and designed through a combined community engagement process and innovative design competition.


Like many American cities, Detroit has a legacy of neighborhood mini parks under an acre that have fallen out of use due to poor location or lack of resources.  In addition, maintenance is the largest expense in the public park budget.  With ‘Give a Park, Get a Park’ Detroit seeks to offer more populated neighborhoods a better urban park experience that minimizes maintenance expenses while maximizing accessibility and enhancing public life.

We invite the brightest designers to join Detroit residents in realizing better neighborhood parks.  This competition targets local and regional design talent, as well as students and emerging professionals in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and urban design.  Stipends will allow selected teams to participate in community meetings and visit project sites before finally presenting their ideas in a larger forum.