Let’s Save Michigan asked skateholders across Michigan to find underutilized space in their community – be it an alley, a pocket park, or a vacant lot – and then work together with members of the community to create and design a plan to turn that space into a welcoming, vibrant public place.
For the past three weeks, voters online have chosen between 46 creative, exciting proposals. After over 37,000 votes, you have narrowed down the projects to 10 finalists. These finalists now go on to the final round where a panel of placemaking experts will choose a winning project.
The top 5 vote recipients:
Muskegon: The Fat Garden Project (5,687 Votes)
The Fat Garden Project helps the Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack secure much-needed parking but more importantly, it will convert a portion of a vacant lot into a beautiful, functional picnic and garden area complete with works of art by local Muskegon artists.
Wyandotte: Downtown Pocket Park (4,295 Votes)
The Downtown Pocket Park project will transform what is currently a pass-through between two existing buildings in downtown Wyandotte’s Central Business District into a place where people can meet, congregate and explore. NOTE: The Downtown Pocket Park location was not impacted by the recent fire. Our thoughts are with those who were affected.
Metromode article covering the Downtown Pocket Park
Flint: Riverfront Park Revival Project (3,622 Votes)
The Riverbank Park Project is part of a series of targeted improvements, installations, and celebrations intended to recreate a glimpse of how an underutilized park was originally designed to operate when it was first built over 30 years ago.
MLive article on the Riverfront Park Revival Project
Hazel Park: Hazel Park Library Friend Plaza (3,347 Votes)
The Hazel Park Library Friend Plaza will use seating and tables to activate an overgrown and underused garden, allowing the public to congregate in a space located adjacent to the library, city hall, and a residential community in downtown Hazel Park.
Ypsilanti: CityFARM (2,367 Votes)
CityFARM proposes an urban organic farm at North Adams Street in Ypsilanti to allow those in need to have access to fresh foods as well as to improve the surrounding community through nutritious donations, improved land use, and increased awareness.