Fletcher-Almont Fruit Garden

It’s been nearly eight years since the resurrection of Fletcher Field.

I remember back when this whole thing began, writing about my vision for the future of the neighborhood surrounding the park. That vision of an entirely rebuilt, diverse community within a decade has proven to be — to say the least — unrealistic.

But that doesn’t mean our work at the park hasn’t spread beyond its 6 acres. Additional overgrown acreage around the park has been cleared, DTE is planting gardens along French Road, and Shield of Faith minister Imogene Johnson has spearheaded an effort near the corner of Almont and Van Dyke that’s turned some trashed-out vacant lots into a lovely fruit garden: The Fletcher-Almont Fruit Garden, which features kiwi trees and a trellis for them to grown on.

More baby steps, more beauty.