Michael Happy

Grand day!

Because so many of you cared, the joy and laughter continues at Fletcher Field. IMG_3658.MOV The grand reopening of the park ranks right up there with so many special days we’ve had there over the past eight-plus years.

Back open for business

If you’re interested in seeing the new playscape at Fletcher Field, we’ll be celebrating the grand reopening of the park tomorrow, Saturday, between 2 and 5 p.m. Hope to see you soon!

Happy ending

City of Detroit representatives Brad Dick, Alicia Bradford and Tim Karl met with us at the park Friday afternoon, and I’m happy to report that construction on a new playscape at Fletcher Field commences on Tuesday. The initial plans are attached here: Fletcher field Proposed Play Equipment July 2015 As of now, six pieces of … Continue Reading →

Not adding up

Just reviewing yesterday’s email chain with City of Detroit officials. In response to my email requesting the city stop deconstruction at the park, Alicia C. Bradford, director of the Detroit Recreation Department, said this at 10:53 a.m.: “… We are reviewing information and budget to determine if we will be able to replace equipment.” Brad … Continue Reading →

Now fix it

Exact email from Brad Dick, deputy director of Detroit’s General Service Department: “Michael. As we’ve said we are meeting with folks on Friday. The plan is to move a new and safe play scape to Fletcher Field one that won’t harm children playing on it. Thank you.” We’ll hold him to it …


Friends, I need your help IMMEDIATELY. The City of Detroit, in all its wisdom — and with blight, hopelessness and safety concerns around every corner — is threatening to pull the playground equipment from the park, citing “safety issues,” in essence closing the park. I don’t think they fully understand the amount of people involved … Continue Reading →

Here comes the bus

Next week (Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18) a busload of youth (about 40 kids between the ages of 14 and 18) will be working in and around Fletcher Field. The undertaking, which is through Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will include four work ventures in the morning and early afternoon, then art projects … Continue Reading →

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 … Continue Reading →

Not yet Jurassic Park

A flock of geese flew over Fletcher Field in a V-formation Wednesday evening, and it got the children there all excited. The first to see the flock — a young boy of about 8 — pointed to the sky and screamed for our attention. “LOOK-EEE!” he exclaimed. I then asked the kids what other wildlife … Continue Reading →

Making the most of it

We met at Fletcher Field on Wednesday for a reconnaissance mission — a look-and-see what needs to be done before the annual spring cleanup at the park, which takes place Saturday (10 a.m. sharp for those who want to help). I arrived about 5:45 p.m., 20 minutes ahead of most of the rest of the … Continue Reading →