Ripple effect of closing dozens of Detroit city parks may also impact school kids in other cities

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - The ripple effects of closing dozens of parks in the City of Detroit reach beyond the city limits and could also impact school children in other cities.

Al Shaheen coaches the 5th and 6th graders at St. Clare of Montefalco and now he has to worry if his kids will have a place to play ball in a few months.

Many kids from the Grosse Pointe Park school, including his daughter play at Messmer Park, one of fifty parks being closed by the City of Detroit. 

Mayor Dave Bing made the announcement on Friday and said it was a result of the Detroit City Council not coming to an agreement to lease Belle Isle to the State of Michigan.

Shaheen said the Falcons get permits from the city to play ball at the park three months out of the year.  During that time the parish mows the lawn and takes care of the area.  Even those who live right next door worry about the park's future.

One neighbor recently noticed that the park experienced a major facelift. Shaheen told us the Lear Corporation poured $60,000 thousand dollars worth of improvements into the park last year and have put up the money for the next three years to maintain the park during the three months the school uses it.

7 Action News has made calls to the City of Detroit on Friday night to find out answers to some of these questions about what will happen with school groups who use these parks that are slated to close.

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