Help WSU create a new and improved public space in Midtown

By Emily Thompson, Office of Economic Development

Led by its Office of Economic Development (OED), Wayne State has launched an innovative crowdfunding effort to transformpart of the green space at the intersection of Woodward and Warren Avenues into a family-friendly public park.

"The corner of Woodward and Warren is the front door to our campus.” said WSU President M. Roy Wilson. “It's where Wayne State University welcomes the world. As we prepare to celebrate the University's 150th anniversary in 2018, we look forward to improving this key intersection for our campus and for the city of Detroit."

The high-profile intersection was targeted in part because it enjoys close proximity to DDOT, SMART and QLINE routes, MoGo stations, and numerous cultural institutions.

The crowdfunding campaign kicked off in September and will run until November 17, with the university setting a target goal of $25,000. If WSU reaches its goal, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will match every dollar through its Public Spaces, Community Places program.

Public Spaces, Community Places is a partnership between the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Municipal League, and Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. More than 130 projects have received in excess of $8.9 million dollars in funding through this program since 2014.

Funds will be used to add sustainable landscaping, pop-up seating, shade sails and lawn games. OED will also build a WSU Placemaking and Detroit Experience Factory (DXF) satellite kiosk, which will serve as a hub for information about Detroit for students, employees, residents and visitors. This prototype park will help WSU understand how students, employees, residents and visitors use the space before deciding on a longer-term use for it.

Go to to learn more and donate. You can also help by joining WSU in the Park between 10:00a and 2:00p on Fridays during the campaign (which runs until November 17). OED will be there with seating and games. Come and have fun or, better yet, sign up to volunteer! Your participation just might inspire others to contribute.

Photo1: The rendering of the proposed site plan for the Woodward and Warren Park

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