A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on November 22nd, 2021, to commemorate the opening of Salam Peace Park. This park was created as a result of a tremendous collaborative effort by the community to add to Hamtramck’s Green Spaces and increase the neighborhood’s value.
The land was donated to the City of Hamtramck by an anonymous property owner who wanted to give back to his community. Soon after, the project received over $45,000 in funding thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign and matching funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (via the Public Spaces Community Places program).
Students from Wayne State’s Urban Studies and Planning program developed a plan for Salam Peace Park that included an open green, high-quality playscapes, bike racks, and high-quality park benches. Wayne Metro jumped at the chance to support an important grassroots initiative and assist the City of Hamtramck in overseeing the park’s physical development.
Louis Piszker, Wayne Metro CEO, said that the experience was “rewarding” while Karen Majewski, Mayor of Hamtramck, referred to Salam Peace Park as a place that “demonstrates how welcoming our community is.”
When reached for comment, Karen MacDonald, Wayne Metro Department Director of Community Development said the following: “We were thrilled to have the opportunity to support the Hamtramck community in realizing their vision for a neighborhood green space not only for its natural beauty but also for social engagement. This is community action at its best.”
The park is now open to the public, so feel free to stop by and enjoy the space yourself!
Salam Peace Park, 2134 Trowbridge St., Hamtramck, MI 48212