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Detroit's Ride It Sculpture Park

While some folks may look at a dilapidated house, an abandoned field, and an overgrown alley and see urban decay, the fine folks at non-profit Power House Productions, along with a team of artists and skate professionals, see DIY art-infused skate park with the potential to breathe new life into one Detroit neighborhood.

From their site:

Ride It Sculpture Park consists of four vacant commercial lots along East Davison Freeway in Detroit and an adjacent vacant house as the main site for the project. The house will serve as a mini indoor park, transforming parts of the house to be skateable and livable at the same time for visiting skateboarders and artists. The park will extend into the neighborhood revamping neglected alleys, garages and other vacant lots, creating a new and positive use for the forgotten and dismissed landscapes of this great city.

With the closing of most recreational facilities and lack of art venues in the city, Detroit is in dire need of new models for community building, infrastructure care and neighborhood life that is dependent on DIY projects as opposed to business as usual. Designing and building of Ride It Sculpture Park will be done with the help and input of the local teens, making them stakeholders/skateboarders in the growth and success of their neighborhood.

And for the Kids on Grant Street, we promise the park will not suck.

Sound like a project you might want to lend a hand with?

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

I was an editor for the first 40 volumes of MAKE. The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. Covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made.

Contact me at snowgoli (at) gmail (dot) com.

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