The Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) will break ground at the site of the historic Tiger Stadium on today, April 13 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. after announcing they reached their construction goal of $13 million this past February.
The “Kids at the Corner” campaign kicked off in February 2015, after the Detroit Economic Development Corporation approved PAL plans to redevelop the land at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull into a sports complex and PAL headquarters.
“Thanks to honorary campaign co-chairs Senator Carl Levin and Detroit Police Chief James Craig, we are pleased to announce that major contributions by The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, the William Davidson Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation, plus New Market Tax Credit Allocations provided by Bank of America and Great Lakes Capital have propelled us to meet and exceed every financial benchmark initially set for this initiative,” stated Tim Richey, CEO, Detroit PAL, and special Detroit Tigers guest.
The groundbreaking will mark the launch of the nonprofit’s year- long construction plans of the new headquarters and youth sports facility at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. Construction is scheduled to begin next month.
“We will begin construction at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull on a new facility that will bring to life much of the history and many of the memories of this iconic location while also serving as Detroit PAL’s headquarters. I’m confident the project will honor the history of the site and provide a unique opportunity for PAL to grow service to all Detroit kids while becoming a destination for sports enthusiasts throughout the region,” he continued.
Those expected to attend include retired Senator Carl Levin, Mayor Duggan, Detroit Police Chief James Craig, Thom Lin, chairman, Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy.
“For many years, the corner of Michigan and Trumbull and Tiger Stadium was where many young athletes began incredible careers enabling them to give back to their communities. It is meaningful that this site will honor many of those individuals while becoming the newest complex for more Detroit kids to receive the kind of mentoring and support through sports programming that Detroit PAL provides,” said Mayor Duggan.
Police Chief James Craig added, “Whenever we can provide opportunities for kids to interact with Detroit police officers, we know it positively changes their perceptions and creates enduring relationships which impact their lives in the short and long term. Donations toward the redevelopment of this unique site allow more kids and more officers to positively interact, proving a testimony to Detroit’s commitment to its kids.”
This facility will create an arena for children to learn to excel in academics, athletics and leadership.
To make a tax- deductible donation or to learn more about Detroit PAL please call (313) 833-1600 or visit http://www.detroitpal.org.