ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
Eliza Howell Park (EHP) is a 250-acre jewel within the City of Detroit parks
system. It contains 3.77 miles of the Rouge River, and is home to an abundance of plant and wildlife. The SideTrails Artist Residency Program invites artists to collaborate with the Sidewalk team and residents to create ongoing creative programming in the park. The SideTrails program operates weekly from May to October providing free classes, workshops and performances in this beautiful green space.
From 2016-2018 Sidewalk Detroit hired ten community residents to serve as a Community Leadership Team, meeting monthly and providing project advisement and outreach for Sidewalk’s EHP programming and park improvements. During this time period Sidewalk collaborated with residents and civic leaders to develop a master plan for Eliza Howell Park, commissioning Detroit-based firm livingLab to create the final plan documents from 2017 – 2018. Upon its completion in October 2018, this master park plan was subsequently adopted by City of Detroit Planning Department as the benchmark for EHP improvements and planning in the future. Phase 1 of Sidewalk’s EHP plan included educational park signage, public benches and additional trash receptacles. The implementation of this master plan and associated programming is part of Sidewalk Detroit’s long term vision to empower residents to experience Detroit green-space in new and exciting ways.