Monday, August 27, 2012

Woodbridge CDC BBQ - A success!!!!!

On Wednesday August 15th AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project partnered with the Woodbridge CDC to host a neighborhood potluck in lieu of a townhall meeting. The intent of the event was to encourage more people to get involved in the CDC and to meet and mingle with neighbors. The picnic was also a chance for people to experience Scripps Park’s Sensory Garden and stylish new benches. There were over 60 attendees from Woodbridge and the surrounding area, including regular park goers. People brought fresh homemade salads, hors d'oeuvres and baked goods; AmUS supplied the hot dogs.
Aside from the large spread of delicious food, there was a community resource table with information from the Douglass Library, the Woodbridge Time Exchange,the DMC, and local businesses. AmUS supplied Healthy Homes information to residents regarding lead poisoning and asthma prevention. Woodbridge signature T-shirts were available for purchase as well.
The evening consisted of eating, conversing, playing games, meeting new neighbors and catching up with old friends. A game of frisbee broke out in the middle of the park and an impromptu tabletop serenade of “My Girl” got everyone singing along. The park didn’t clear out till after dark. It was a great evening for the community. The park even acquired two new picnic tables donated by the Woodbridge Pub!  

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Porch Away From Home

This happy little tree now has its very own stoop bench for you to enjoy.
                  Thanks Kyle and Colo.

And have you seen these marvelous benches.......

Monday, July 9, 2012

Benches, Wildflowers and BBQ..... Oh My!

The Sensory Garden Project at Scripps Park is still going strong into the summer! On August 8th, about twenty volunteers showed up at the park for a work day. General clean-up and maintenance took place along with the addition of a wildflower garden and some new park benches. They look beautiful. We would really like to thank everyone that came out and volunteered along with those that provided material support for the benches and new garbage cans. Thanks to everyone from AmeriCorps AmUS, Wayne State University, Starbucks, the Detroit soccer teams, and (most importantly) the community for coming out to help us work on the park! If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and go check out Scripps Park and enjoy the garden!

Digging up the wildflower garden.
Still digging..

Now some raking.

John manning the grill!

Check out our benches!

A couple of very nice places to sit.

Kyle Bartell adding his unique benches to the park.

Staining the Leopold benches.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Looking for volunteers willing to water the garden!

We are looking for volunteers to help us regularly water. It could be as often or as little as you can. If any of the open dates below work for you. Please contact if you would like to help. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pictures and Video

The garden is really looking nice and we wanted to take this time to THANK all the volunteers involved in this effort. It was really awesome seeing the community come together and the garden getting built. It's amazing what a group of people can get done when they come together!

If you want to relive the moment or just see what we all did, take a look at these links and attached pictures.


Youtube Inclusion Video ft. Scripps Park Sensory Garden

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Come celebrate spring, Scripps, and community. 

It will be the 4th workday for the Sensory Garden expansion at Scripps Park and going strong! 

Wednesday May 16th from 11am - 2pm @Scripps Park (Trumbull/Grand River) Tasks will range from manual labor shoveling dirt into the bed to planting a variety of plants including decorative grasses, fragrant flowers, aromatic herbs and delicious vegetables. If time allows we will also be staining the wooden beds, adding the finishing touches! For the second year in a row, patrons from the Douglass Library Branch for the visually impaired are will continue their participation in the Sensory Garden.

We have tools so just bring two hands and a smiling face!! Oh and bring a friend!

**This event is in partnership with AmeriCorps Week!!!!! SO GET INVOLVED- VOLUNTEER!!**

FB event here
Website here

p.s. If you have a pick up truck, it may be helpful.

Monday, May 7, 2012


A BIG thank you to everyone who made it out Friday and / or Saturday for the expansion of the Sensory Garden Garden at Scripps Park!!! Your hard work really made the project a success!

We are planning another work day for Tuesday (May 8) at Noon to finish up the work. (It is almost done) If you are interested in helping please let me know and or spread the word. The work will entail shoveling dirt into the beds and planting the plants. If you have a wheel barrow bring it!

Facebook event HERE!! 

We will have pictures up very shortly!

Again everyone did such great work!!