Earlier this week, officials celebrated the completed renovations at Balduck Park, the 56-acre park on the east side with one of the best sledding hills in Detroit. The cost came in at about $1.5 million, mainly from the Strategic Neighborhood Fund and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Upgrades to the park include a new dog park and picnic shelter, improved walkways, an expanded playground, and better signage. 92 trees were planted and additional landscaping was completed to address flooding.

“Our commitment to creating vibrant, high-quality outdoor spaces within walking or biking distance of all Detroiters is at the forefront of the transformation of Balduck Park,” said Jermaine Ruffin, senior vice president of neighborhoods for Invest Detroit. “Through the generous support from BCBSM and others to the Strategic Neighborhood Fund, Balduck Park offers both active and natural spaces, from the sledding hill and sports fields to walking paths and forest trails, ensuring it remains a cornerstone of community joy, wellness, and accessibility.”

The Strategic Neighborhood Fund works with neighborhoods around the city for improvements specific to their needs. Many of these can be seen around the East Warren corridor, including new streetscaping and development projects such as the Ribbon, the Deco, and and the Arthur Murray.