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Detroit Parks & Recreation Department

The Detroit Parks & Recreation Department (DPRD) was formed in 1920 and chartered in 1974.  The Detroit Parks & Recreation Department provides opportunities for the public to participate in organized and informal activities with its 308 parks, 11 active recreation centers/community centers and 6 recreational partnerships; 49 department owned properties with other uses, 250 outdoor basketball courts, 150 tennis courts, 4 golf courses: Chandler Park, Palmer Park, Rouge Park and Rackham Golf Courses and 3 cemeteries.

DPRD’s Major facilities include: Chandler Park, Palmer Park, Rouge Park, Hart Plaza, Henderson Marina, Harbor Hill Marina, Riverside Boat Launch, St. Jean Boat Launch, Chene Park Amphitheater, and Historic Fort Wayne.

Vision Statement

To be recognized as the premiere recreation service provider in Metro Detroit.

Mission Statement

Connecting communities with our parks, programs, and facilities, to positively impact their health and wellness.

Core Values

Diversity - Ensuring access for all

Staff Development - Investing in ourselves

Team Work - Promoting positive, supportive practices

Trend Exploration - Innovative; staying on the cutting edge

Community Collaboration - Forming partnerships that bridge the gap

Health & Wellness - Focused on activities that encourages active lifestyles

Detroit Senior Olympics

In 1984, with the rise of obesity plaguing our country the Detroit Parks & Recreation Department (DPRD), under the leadership of Alberta Wilburn, set out to address this issue amongst our senior citizens.  We knew we could not just offer a class or two at their local recreation center, but had to be innovative and creative in offering activities from their youth for which the seniors held passion for.  Hence the formation of the Detroit Senior Olympics (DSO).

The DSO is the signature event of the summer with over 20 events for seniors conducted over a three-day period.  We are proud to continue to offer the Detroit Senior Olympics now in its 34th year. The 2018 DSO will continue to challenge our athletes’ physical and creative abilities.  New to this years’ games are soccer and checkers with tennis-doubles returning.

In 2017 we were pleased to become the official local games by partnering with the Michigan Senior Olympics to further challenge our athletes.  This partnership will increase our visibility statewide and hopefully nationwide should we have a participant advance, after qualifying at the Michigan Senior Olympics Summer games.

Michigan Senior Olympics Qualification

The Detroit Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor an athlete(s) of the Detroit Senior Olympics to the Michigan Senior Olympics as a representative of the department and City of Detroit who meet the qualifications of the National Senior Game Association in the events indicated by an asterisk (*).  Additionally, to act as the representative from the DSO, you the athlete must reside in Detroit or one of its bordering cities.

Award Ceremony

This year’s Award Ceremony will be a Dinner Dance held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 4 pm – 9 pm at Northwest Activities Center | Ballroom.  The event is free for all Medal Winners.  Non-Medal Winners, spectators, family, friends, guess and public ticket cost is $12.00 per person.