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Eastsidedog
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Post Number: 271
Registered: 03-2006
Posted From: 12.47.224.8
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 2:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was driving through Boston Edison the other day and happened upon beautiful Voight Park, nestled right in the middle of the neighborhood.

What a great park! It must be fantastic in the summer, and get lots of use. It would be really cool to live in one of the homes that face the park!

I just thought it was so beautiful, so I thought I'd share. :-)
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Wirt
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Post Number: 20
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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 2:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The drive down 2nd has an interesting variety of well kept housing and neighborhoods.
The Henry Ford house is there too.
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Eastsidedog
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Post Number: 272
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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 2:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Anyone on here live in BE and use the park?
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Bussey
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Post Number: 159
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Posted From: 206.208.94.60
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 2:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

the park isnt intended to be "used" as most parks are; no recreational structures, i.e. baseball backstops, swingsets, benches. It was, and is still, a strolling park. Only suited for carelessly walking through. The homeowners association has an annual picnic though, or so I have been told on the winter home tour.


Can any residents vouch these statements?


Woodbridge resident
Bussey
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Eastsidedog
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Post Number: 274
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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 3:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bussey, that's too bad. It would still be fun to let the dog run there. I just really like how it's nestled in the neighborhood.

Why no playground equipment though? Does it have benches at least so you could read a book? I'm going to have to investigate this more. It's sad to see parks underutilized. They tend to become a crime problem.
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Jfried
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Post Number: 820
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Posted From: 209.131.7.190
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 3:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've heard the same as Bussey. No dogs, no recreation. I've even heard of the police ticketing a homeowner who put up a volleyball net during a party.
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Livedog2
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Post Number: 148
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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 3:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The "old" Kresge Mansion in that neighborhood.

kresge

Livedog2
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Magnasco
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Post Number: 95
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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 3:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Went by a few years ago and they were doing some type of civil war display along with artifacts and people in costume. Was a nice afternoon of stuff.
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Eastsidedog
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Post Number: 275
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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 4:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jfried, that's ridiculous. Underused parks are a shame. Wouldn't residents rather have it full of people enjoying themselves?

Lafayette Park is right in the middle of a neighborhood (albeit a very different sort of neighborhood, high rises and townhouses) and is not bordered by any main thouroughfares. It's one of the nicest parks in the city because of it's heavy use IMO.
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Kathleen
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Post Number: 1283
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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 4:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You might find some previous Forum discussion last July on this topic of interest:

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/50492/50856.html

https://www.atdetroit.net/forum/mes sages/50492/51468.html
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Neilr
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Post Number: 236
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Posted From: 69.242.218.76
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 5:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Voigt Park is used as it was intended to be used: as an ornamental park. As Wirt mentioned, Henry Ford's house overlooks the Park. As does James Cousins' house. And the Kern house.

Along the same lines and equally beautiful, to me, is the LaSalle Gardens Park, several blocks north of Grand Blvd. One of the most beautiful sights in Detroit is to view LaSalle Gardens Park and the surrounding mansions on those mornings when it is all shrouded in a light fog.

(Message edited by neilr on April 24, 2006)
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Chub
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Post Number: 305
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Posted From: 69.246.28.200
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 5:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Voight Park is just as it should be and always has been; an ornamental park, just as Neilr said.

If you ask the residents of B-E, I'm sure 99% would agree.
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Ilovedetroit
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Post Number: 2270
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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 6:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have been to three Halloween parties at the Kresge...that is a rocking fun time!
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 3592
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Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 6:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm surprised that some don't know there are actually many different types of parks with many different uses.
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Jfried
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Post Number: 821
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Posted on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 6:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

wow, lmich, I'm surprised that you're so surprised.
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Eastsidedog
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Post Number: 280
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Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 2:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Parks that aren't meant to be used, except to look at or walk through, just seem very silly to me and I guess, "un-urban." If it's only use is to be looked at that is very reminiscent of suburbia to me, like large landscaped greenspaces.

But, I suppose Voight Park should remain exactly as it was intended if that's what the residents want. I just thought it was a beautiful park and I suppose it fulfilled it's purpose when I drove by it.
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Chub
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Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 3:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Stay out of our park Eastsidedog! Haa ha.. just kiddin'.
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Eastsidedog
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Post Number: 283
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Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 6:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm gonna walk my big ass dog there and let him drop a huge pile of #$$%^! jk. :-)
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 3599
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Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 - 10:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There are ornamental parks, tot lots, gardens, dog parks, event parks, public squares...Voight Park is used how it was originally meant and how the current residents want it, apparently.
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Urban_shocker
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Post Number: 266
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Posted From: 67.38.0.36
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 2:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I heard that park just got some grant money for an improvement, but I'm not privy to any of the details.
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Cafe
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Post Number: 1243
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Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 8:36 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is a historical neighborhood. It is a historical park. It will stay the way it was originally intended. Henry Ford's house had a beautiful window built specifically for the best view of the park. There has been a tree lighting the last couple of Decembers, there is an annual Easter Egg hunt, and a cook out in the summer. Other celebrations have been held in the park. There are people walking through it all the time. There is a path worn where people walk. Dog owners take their dogs to the park everyday, the dogs stay on leashes (too much car traffic), and the owners usually pick up after their dogs.
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Southwestmap
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Post Number: 456
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Posted From: 64.79.90.206
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 10:32 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well, I ran right over to see this park after I read that it was an ornamental park. I guess that I was expecting something different. In April it maybe looks more ragged and scruffy than it does in the summer. Nevertheless, there is not one "vista," nothing to really feast your eyes on but a lot of grass and relatively few trees.

For my money, Clark Park in SW Detroit, in the early morning (any season) is prettier, more serene and more uplifting.
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Deegee
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Post Number: 24
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Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 11:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The park is nice. I live in the neighborhood and appreciate the view, the flowers, and the peace and quiet even when kids are playing in the park.
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Nickstone
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Posted From: 68.41.94.42
Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 3:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just as an added "park" post... I played a concert in the Russell Woods neighborhood last summer... awesome to see how they all come together as a neighborhood to listen to music and hang out... and that neighborhood is in rougher shape than BE... things ARE turning around... just from the perspective of a guy who grew up as a suburban WHITE kid ha ha...

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