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Where have we been?

Where have we been?

Where are we now?

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Phase 1 (2016)

We recruited stakeholders to analyze the problem, created a beginning set of system elements, and began considering a framework for a Detroit community development system.

Phase 2 (2017-2018)

We formed an Advisory Council, conducted extensive research resulting in a specific set of challenges and created Task Forces to respond to those challenges and develop test-projects for most of the elements.

Phase 3 (2019-2020)

Stakeholders will champion elements of the system, working closely with CDOs and GROs, by “test-piloting” project ideas:

  • Coordination of Capacity Building Services
  • Community Development Career Navigation Model
  • Neighborhood Vitality Success Framework
  • Neighborhood Voice and Advocacy Framework
  • At least two city-CDO funded partnerships

Simultaneously we will:

  • Activate the System Capitalization element
  • Establish a governance/oversight structure
  • Develop a process to resolve CDO coverage for all neighborhoods
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The Detroit Parks Coalition (DPC) is an alliance of organizations that connect Detroiters to beautiful and healthy natural areas, parks, and public spaces. We support a network of individuals and organizational park stewards through advocacy, learning, services, and partnership. DPC includes representatives from nine major leading parks stewardship organizations, covering 18 Detroit parks. We work collaboratively under a memorandum of understanding, hold regular meetings for all partnership and establish committees as needed or for specific purposes. Members include Belle Isle Conservancy, Chandler Park Conservancy, Clark Park Coalition, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Downtown Detroit Partnership with six parks under management, Friends of Patton Park, Friends of Rouge Park, Midtown Detroit, Inc. with five parks under management, People for Palmer Park, Sidewalk Detroit supporting Eliza Howell Park, and three at-large individual members. (Please see attached links to our Fall 2021 Coalition Newsletter and Crains Detroit Business front-page article in the October 18, 2021 edition.)
The Coalition was formed in 2019 to advance parks organizations’ desire to share learning and expand limited resources. Since then, it has doubled its membership and developed a strong relationship with the City of Detroit and nascent partnerships with other key municipal entities including the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Authority, Wayne County and the State of Michigan.
DPC has received initial funding for an 18-month pilot with a lean staff to formalize governance, operations, vision, and values and continue developing programming and partnerships. This Coalition Leader position is the first to be hired, and while the initial tenure will be on a contractual basis for the first 18 months, we are confident of, and committed to, using the initial period to secure long-term resources for this key position to continue in a long-term role.
Please email cover letter and resumes to Alex Allen at by November 14th, 2021


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