Southfield (CW50) – Summer may be winding down, but the weather continues to make outdoor activities a desirable weekend plan. If you’re looking for a place to spend a day that offers plenty of amenities for all members of the family, Chandler Park is one of Detroit’s most communal outdoor spaces.
Chandler Park Conservancy was established to develop educational, recreational and conservation opportunities in Chandler Park for people of all ages.
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The Conservancy has revitalized Chandler Park into a 200+ acre park filled with facilities and activities. A golf course, water park, sports venue, tennis courts, softball field, fitness area, community hangout spots, gardens, walking paths, educational learning facilities and the latest additions of a skatepark and basketball courts.
The skatepark was created in partnership with The Skatepark Project, skate icon Tony Hawk. With the financial support of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, the partnership has opened several skate parks in Michigan, including the one located in Chandler Park. The skatepark is free and organizes classes on Mondays and Wednesdays for the young people of the city.
A pair of basketball courts in Chandler Park was created with the help of former Detroit Piston Grant Hill and his foundation. Hill’s foundation, the Tamia & Grant Hill Foundation, had partnered with Chandler Park Conservancy and the City of Detroit’s Parks and Recreation Division to build the new courts. The Hill’s Foundation had first opened basketball courts at Hillside Park in Durham, North Carolina. Chandler Park was its second location. Additionally, the courts were painted red, yellow, teal and black, reminiscent of the uniforms Hill debuted in 1996 during his playing days with the Detroit Pistons. Additionally, the courts feature both the Fila and Grant Hill logos, as well as Hill’s jersey number, 33.
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Alex J. Allen, President and CEO of Chandler Park Conservancy, joins Lisa Germani on Community Connect to discuss park amenities and educational opportunities for children.
For more information, visit ChandlerParkConservancy.org
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