By JENNIFER HARRIS, Associated Press WriterDETROIT (AP) A quiet weekend on the lawn is as much a summertime rite of passage as it is a way to get outdoors.
For most families, the time spent on the grass is just a day off the grind.
But for some, the grass can be a distraction.
“I’m not a fan of the grass on a sunny day,” said Melissa Hirsch, an artist who lives in East Troy.
Hirsch said she started her backyard park at home last year when she wanted to use it as a place for a summer garden.
But now, it’s become a way for people to enjoy the city outdoors, even when it’s not raining.
“It’s a really great idea to take it to another level and make it a little bit of a place that you can go for an outdoor activity or enjoy the summertime,” she said.
Hikers use their boards as a platform for their bike in a quiet setting at their park in Detroit.
The idea is to create a peaceful and safe place for people and families to get together for an activity like a picnic or get together and do some outdoor cooking.
The park will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m., and Hirsch said it will include picnic tables, tables for people with disabilities and benches.
For a quiet evening on the porch, there are a few options.
But a lot of people are turning to the woods and the park’s tree-lined trails, which have been popular since the park opened in 2001.
Hensburg said that there are also ways to create quiet, natural spaces in neighborhoods that are busy during the summer months.
Hillsdale, the largest neighborhood in Detroit, has a mixed-use development planned on the site of a former gas station.
Residents are concerned about noise pollution and vandalism because of the noise, and a community meeting last month focused on that issue.
“We have people who have been living in the area for 40 years, and they are living in this beautiful park,” said John Hensburg, who helped organize the meeting.
Hinsburg said it was important for the city to create an area for families to enjoy outdoor activities and enjoy the day with friends and neighbors.
For the people who live in the community, it will be a great place to spend a quiet summer afternoon, and it’s an area they are willing to spend more time in, he said.
For some people, the city’s efforts to make the city more appealing to families with children and people with special needs are an improvement.
For Melissa Rizzo, who lives on the east side of Detroit and enjoys a stroll on the lake, the new park is a great way to have fun.
Rizzo said she doesn’t like the noise and is hoping to use the park to make some noise.
Rhett Pfeiffer is a family-friendly advocate and a retired teacher who lives nearby.
Pfeiffor said he doesn’t want to see any change to the way people walk and play in the park, which he calls “a wonderful thing.”
He said he also doesn’t see it as much of a threat to the city, because it’s in his backyard.
Pizzorno said the parks surrounding his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, have become a refuge for residents who are experiencing homelessness and other issues.
“When people have no homes, they need places to stay, and you can make a home here, and I think that’s very valuable,” he said, adding that he’s willing to work with the city if it comes to a compromise.