On Friday, July 28th Summer Policy Associates from the Mayor’s Office spent the day volunteering in Palmer Park in District 2 and Fletcher Field in District 3. In the morning, the volunteers partnered with youth volunteer program Summer in the City to paint murals on park buildings. In the afternoon, the volunteers traveled to Fletcher Field in the Airport Sub community to paint tires and garden boxes for the park.
Imogene Johnson and Michael Happy of the Friends of Fletcher Field neighborhood association greeted the volunteers upon their arrival and shared the history of the park and its surrounding community. “When I was a kid growing up in this community,” shared Michael Happy, "this park was the centerpiece of the neighborhood and the gathering place where everyone could come and enjoy themselves. Over the years, as the neighborhood lost residents, the park fell into disrepair. Now, we have a commited group of current and past residents who are working to maintain the park and make it for the kids today what it was for many of us growing up."
Pete Blank, a Summer Policy Associate working with the Department of Neighborhoods this summer said of the volunteer day, "It was a really exciting and rewarding day to get out to two parks in the city. We were able to learn about community members’ efforts over the years to keep these parks clean and beautiful. It was a great opportunity to support those efforts."
The Summer Policy Associate program is an internship program for graduate students in the City of Detroit. This summer, 15 students from across the country are interning in the Department of Neighborhoods, the Planning and Development Department, the Department of Administrative Hearings, and the Mayor’s Office Innovation Team. Policy Associates use their professional training in law, public policy, and urban planning and their past work experience to support the work of these departments in the areas of data analysis, program management, process improvement, and policy development.