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Detroit improves Patton Park in Springwells neighborhood

Patton Park in southwest Detroit is about to receive some much-needed upgrades this summer.

The sprawling park and recreational center near Woodmere Cemetery in the Springwells neighborhood is named for General George S Patton. It has everything from baseball and soccer fields to a pond and kids playscape. The city of Detroit's Recreation Department recently received a $500,000 state grant to upgrades it facilities there across the board.

"We're looking to put some new softball diamonds and extending the walking paths," says Sue Norander, general manager of operations for the City of Detroit's Recreation Department.

The city has already been working with the Greening of Detroit to plant new trees throughout Patton Park and has installed a new rain garden and kids playscape. The upgrades will interconnect the existing pathways more to create shorter routes while maintaining the length of the entire system. The city will also be adding recycling containers, picnic tables and way-finding signs.

Work is set to begin this summer. Norander says that city officials are also looking at sprucing up the pond on the south end of the park to make it more hospitable to fishing.

Source: Sue Norander, general manager of operations for the city of Detroit's Recreation Department
Writer: Jon Zemke

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