DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is
proposing the sale of dozens of the city's 367 parks as part of an effort to
The Detroit Free Press reports more than half of the 92 parks in the
proposal are tucked in neighborhoods.
Many of those neighborhoods are no longer dense in population.
The city estimates it could get $8.1 million from selling the land and $5.4
million per year from new tax revenue.
It also would save $540,000 annually by no longer having to maintain the
The plan is a relief for some residents who hope to see the lots improve
and upsetting to those who say the city is getting rid of precious assets.
FREEP: Detroit seeks to sell off 92 parks
One-quarter of Detroit's 367 parks could be sold under a
proposal designed to help the city shed dozens of its smallest and most
worn-down parks in an effort to aid others and position the land for
More than half of the 92 parks are less than an acre in size -- so-called
pocket parks -- tucked in neighborhoods. Some have swing sets, jungle gyms,
slides and benches. They make up 124 acres of the city's roughly 6,000 acres
Many of those
neighborhoods are no longer dense in population and are dominated by urban
prairies as the result of demolished homes, conditions Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick's administration cites in its proposal.
The plan to sell off city parkland has generated relief among some
neighbors hoping to see the lots improve and anger among those who say the
city is getting rid of precious