Detroit Couple Turns Vacant Land into City’s West Side Park and Activity Center


DETROIT – A Detroit couple started a non-profit organization offering multiple educational and recreational activities for children.

It includes ziplining, basketball and even archery for the kids. It’s free to all nearby neighbors and residents as long as they’re in the program.

“I feel luckier to be able to do this than for someone else to enjoy it,” said designer, Jacqueline Moore.

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It all started with a dream and now, years later, it’s known as Moore Park.

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“Bringing a community together was easier said than done, so we implemented things that we knew would bring them together. Let’s just share some space and have a good time,” Moore said.

Located at the back of the house on Lenore Avenue, Willie and Jacqueline Moore started the non-profit organization, SDM2 Project Education, in 2011.

Before the transformation, the place was just a combination of vacant lots.

“It was exciting for us, so we made it the first zone that we turned into a zone for our youngsters,” said Jacqueline Moore.

Over time, the couple decided to buy more lots to further develop their aspirations. A total of 5,300 square feet has been purchased, which equates to a large backyard with more than enough activities for youngsters.

“Whether it’s reading, poetry, walking, whatever it is, you need to let people know they’re appreciated,” Jacqueline Moore said. “We feel truly privileged to have the right to be in this space and to help our neighborhood be what we all want it to be.”

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Across the street is a house that also belongs to the couple. There are free poetry readings and private lessons for all participating children.

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