Detroit to invest $45 million in community recreation center


The City of Detroit has 16 neighborhood recreation centers and several have or will receive major interior and exterior upgrades as part of a $45 million capital investment plan.

Recreation centers provide affordable activities, classes and meeting spaces in communities. Detroit has more than a dozen community centers, many of which have received updates in recent years and those that have not are about to receive major updates that will appeal to both Detroiters and to the Metro Detroiters. Here are some of the biggest projects planned for the coming year.

  • Dexter-Elmhurst Recreation Center // 11825 Dexter Ave, Detroit, MI 48206
    The currently vacant building will receive an investment of $8.5 million and will be a new, fully renovated recreation center that will open in the spring of 2023.
  • Chandler Park // 5555 Conner St, Detroit, MI 48213
    A new indoor center and full-size domed football field are scheduled to open in the summer of 2023 and will represent an investment of $12 million.
  • Farwell Rec Center // 2711 Outer Dr E, Detroit, MI 48234
    A $4 million expansion that will open in the spring of 2023 will include a new gymnasium, lockers and a walking path.
  • State Fair Band Shell // 910 Merrill Plaisance St, Detroit, MI 48203
    The historic amphitheater will be moved to Palmer Park and construction is expected to begin this year.
  • Lenox Recreation Center // 115 Erskine, Detroit, MI 48201
    A $5 million donation from Roger Penske will be used to completely rebuild the abandoned recreation center in the Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood.

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