Round-up: News from Cass Park, Marygrove and Midtown's Green Alley

A few pieces of news to gnaw on:

Blogger One More Spoke has long admired James Lawton's 1978 sculpture, "Pink Landscape -- Three Trusses Plus" located in Cass Park. As (s)he puts it, "This pink against the greens of summer has always been a sight to behold; while the whites of winter, along with its bare black branches, also create a most remarkable tableau."

So when the piece was mysteriously painted white last year (cough, cough, Kem concert, cough), One More Spoke took notice. Determined to rectify the artistic (literal) whitewash, (s)he contacted Lawson, a professor at Michigan State University, who came up with a list of materials and agreed to help make sure the work was done properly.

On August 22, a small team, that included Lawton, restored the sculpture to its proper shade of pink. One More Spoke's report: "It was a great day in Cass Park. James Lawton's sculpture "Pink Landscape -- Three Trusses Plus" was successfully restored to its proper color with the help of several volunteers. Thank you to everyone who came out to help; and to those who wanted to be there but couldn't. Also thanks to everyone who made this possible through their generous donations."

Read more about Cass Park here.

Last week, Marygrove College previewed its new golf practice facility, which is designed by Tom Doak and will be operated in partnership with Midnight Golf. The college hopes to demonstrate unique urban land use, open up the game of golf to those who have traditionally had little access to the sport, showcase sustainability models and build partnerships to help develop youth leadership.

Read more about the facility here and more about Marygrove here.

Midtown's Green Alley is celebrating its official grand opening this Thursday. The alley, located east of Second Ave. and north of Canfield, now includes landscaping, permeable pavers and high-efficiency lighting.

Project partners Green Garage and Motor City Brewing intend this one alley transformation to be a pilot that can be replicated. To that end, they have created a detailed set of documents to aid other Detroiters interested in a green alley of their own.

Read more about the Green Alley here.

Writer: Kelli B. Kavanaugh

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