Benefiting Bailey Park Project
Event: Crowdrise RiseDetroit Challenge
Bailey Park Project, a Detroit nonprofit dedicated to urban renewal, is participating in the RiseDetroit Charity Challenge. Bailey Park Project will have the chance to win $50,000 if it receives the most donations of all contestants before October 31st.
In recent months, the City of Detroit has done much to address blight. However, the issue of blight is one of scale. The City still lacks the resources to address all of the blight issues within Detroit’s limits let alone maintain them. At the same time, many local landscaping businesses have lacked the opportunity to be apart of Detroit’s renewal story because they lack the experience and expertise to tackle large projects. Our aim is to address both of these problems while challenging community members and organizations to lead in the renewal of their neighborhoods.
Bailey Park Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to address the issues of blight, poverty and unemployment within the City of Detroit. Our first blight removal project is the Framework and Resources for Empowering Environments “FREE” Program. The “FREE” project is an innovative and creative approach to removing the physical decay and blight from the City of Detroit neighborhoods by partnering with MDOT’S local Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBEs) who will complete work such as the removal of overgrown brush and trees.
The DBEs will do the initial work of eliminating the overgrown brush and trees that typical landscaping products cannot address. Once the DBEs have cleared the high brush and tall trees, the community resident and organizations will work together to maintain the newly manageable lots. These partnerships will provide local entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge to make competitive bids on future products while providing residents with lots they can maintain on their own.
The initial project will take place in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood, located on the city’s near east side. Currently, the neighborhood is blighted by overgrown brush and trees that the community cannot service with common tools. As a result of the blight, the area is unsafe for children to walk to school or to the neighborhood community center.
Your donations will go towards the purchase of professional grade landscaping equipment, which will be used to maintain the lots once they are in a manageable state; flowers; mulch and operational cost and items that will be need to complete the beautification project and pay for the cost of maintaining the project areas. If enough money is raised Bailey Park Project will be able to scale the “FREE” Project city-wide, making formerly dangerous areas safe for children, the elderly, and community residents.