Reimagining Chandler Park


Chandler Park is a gem in our community and we are passionate about ensuring it remains that way for years to come.

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Chandler Park Redevelopment


    Eastside Community Network created our redevelopment initiative to stem loss of population and housing inventory in the neighborhoods bordering Chandler Park and to leverage emerging park resources and resources in surrounding institutional and business sectors into social, physical and commercial redevelopment. Our plan for redevelopment includes:

    1. Connecting residents to supportive resources.
    2. Implementing a minor home repair program.
    3. Implementing a housing acquisition rehabilitation program through a Detroit Land Bank Authority partnership.
    4. Developing a vision for redeveloping vacant lots.
    5. Piloting utilization of the Detroit Mortgage Program and other innovative mortgage products.

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    Chandler Park Conservancy


    Chandler Park is one of Detroit's 4 regional parks, with 220 acres of usable land. From 2010-2015, the Kellogg Foundation funded the Chandler Park Promise Coalition's planning and pre-development initiative. After 20 years of neglect, Chandler Park is now on track to full revitalization; funding has been secured for the construction and/or planning of the following installations: an artificial turf football and soccer field, tennis courts, a formal flower garden, a community food garden, comfort stations, grass soccer fields, tee ball fields, and greenway paths for biking and walking. These installations promote healthy lifestyles among residents living near the park and are projected to increase community engagement in the lower east side.

    To learn more about the park, visit the Chandler Park Conservancy website. 


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    Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Initiative


    Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Initiative (CPHNI) is a collaborative partnership between Eastside Community Network, St. John Providence Hospital, Detroit Department of Health, Chandler Park Conservancy, Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, and Gensler. In June 2015, the Chandler Park Healthy Neighborhood Strategy was awarded one of only 11 BUILD Health Challenge Planning Grants to develop integrative health programs and interventions to improve health outcomes in the 48213 zip code, through enhancements to the social and urban infrastructure at Chandler Park.

    CPHNI tracked the progress and results of residents living in the 48213 zip code by monitoring their activities for one year with the aim of reducing type 2 diabetes and blood pressure. 100 residents enrolled into the initiative and 68 remained committed until the program ended in December 2017. The program demonstrated that with guided community support, the lifestyles and health outcomes of residents can change. With thoughtful programming - created by residents - and a safe place for physical activity to occur, lifestyles and health can be impacted for the positive. Residents forged new friendships that continue today, which helped with the social isolation that is common in our community.


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    Chandler Park Open Space


    As is true in many areas of Detroit, the housing crisis left the Chandler Park neighborhood with a large amount of vacant land that has largely become open space due to the demolition of homes. The community now looks to leverage this open space in ways that contribute to the beauty, health and vitality of the neighborhood.

    Eastside Community Network, in partnership with Chandler Park residents, is working to turn vacant lots into spaces that support the needs of the community and incorporate green infrastructure to alleviate flooding issues from stormwater overflows. Current projects for Chandler Park Open Space include the Hamilton Outdoor Learning Lab.