The Viola Liuzzo Park Association and the City of Detroit will lead a revitalization groundbreaking celebration at Liuzzo Park.
Guests include the grandson of civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, Joshua Liuzzo; United States Congressman John Conyers Jr.; State Representative Leslie Love; Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan; Detroit Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry Jr; Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Director Gary Brown and a representative from the Michigan State Conference of the NAACP.
Liuzzo Park is the first park to break ground of the “40 Neighborhood Parks Initiative” that Mayor Duggan announced earlier this year. The Viola Liuzzo Park Association secured funding from several sources, including the City of Detroit which will invest nearly $1 million in revitalizing the park in northwest Detroit for the benefit of residents.
Liuzzo, a Detroiter and mother of five, was shot and killed in March 1965 as she and fellow civil rights activists returned from a rally in Montgomery, Alabama. The City of Detroit dedicated Liuzzo Park in her honor in 1982. The Viola Liuzzo Park Association was created to raise funds to revitalize the park. Along with community supporters, the City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Department, General Services Department and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department are contributing to the design and funding of the park’s revitalization.
The groundbreaking celebration will be Tuesday, July 12 at 2 p.m. at the park located at 20053 Winthrop Street, Detroit.