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O’Shea Solar Park


The City of Detroit and DTE Energy partner to build Detroit's first urban solar array and a new sustainability-infused park.

The 20-acre decommissioned O'Shea Park is being re-imagined through a collaboration between The City of Detroit and DTE Energy. Solar panels will be installed on 9.6 Acres along the Interstate and Greenfield edges of the park. This leaves roughly 4 acres of active park area bordering the community that will receive a major renovation, including new walking paths, resurfaced basketball courts, play fields and community gathering space with seating, new trees and native flower beds. Landscape Architecture firm, Spackman Mossup Michaels, worked to give the community a diverse park area packed with activities for all ages.

The park builds upon the theme of sustainability with a raingarden edge along capital built by Detroit Water and Sewer Department. The raingarden helps manage stormwater from the park and adjacent street to reduce neighborhood flooding, and also provides an opportunity to showcase native plantings. The O'Shea Solar park is the first solar array built in the City of Detroit and the second largest urban solar array in the country. Informational signage highlighting the sustainable technologies within the park design will line the walking path to engage park visitors in the unique story of the O'Shea Solar Park.

Project Lead: Michele Flournoy