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Thursday, October 3 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Public-Private Partnerships for PLAYces (P4s): Lessons from Detroit's Cody Rouge Neighborhood

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As Public-Private Partnerships continue to gain traction as solutions to communities' greatest needs, a unique P3 in Detroit’s Cody Rouge neighborhood serves as a learning opportunity for all placemakers committed to ensuring kids and communities have access to safe PLAYces. Between Fall 2017 and Fall 2018, KaBOOM! partnered with the City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department, four private funders (Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Skillman Foundation, Quicken Loans, and General Motors), and a local neighborhood association to build a playground and adventure course at Stein Park in Detroit’s Cody Rouge neighborhood, a predominately working class and African-American area that has been affected by decades of disinvestment. We approached this project by first understanding the mayor’s priorities and working with city leaders to prioritize parks based on their target neighborhoods for economic development. Aligning efforts with the City’s vision bolsters momentum for future investment in Cody Rouge, where 60% of residents previously reported feeling unsafe using their local parks. The adventure course is a new play space solution from KaBOOM!, driven by demand from kids and communities to extend childhood allowing kids to choose how and what they want to play. Importantly, co-locating the playground and adventure course gives older kids an opportunity to play nearby younger siblings and friends. The Public-Private Partnership that made this project possible provided many learnings for all involved, including how deep, decades-long disinvestment in communities affects engagement and how to adjust a partnership’s timeline to meet needs of so many diverse stakeholders. In this session, learn how the partners developed their relationships, brought the work together, and how this first initiative is informing how the stakeholders are thinking about future Public-Private Partnerships for PLAYces (P4s) in Detroit and beyond.

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Niccole Nelson

Board President, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance

Juliana Fulton

Park Planner, City of Detroit
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Malia Xie

Program Officier, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation

Paula Young

Associate Director, City Partnerships, KaBOOM!

Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT
Palace Theater