Lafayette Greens

 

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Lafayette Greens is a green space and urban garden in the heart of downtown Detroit, next door to the famous Coney Islands and across the street from the fabulous Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. Visitors, city workers, and neighborhood residents enjoy and relax in the space,  watch veggies and flowers grow during the summer and enjoy seasonal programming. The award-winning garden, created by Kenneth Weikal Landscape Architecture, was donated to The Greening by Compuware in 2014.

The Greening grows hundreds of pounds of chemical-free fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers every year. Everything harvested goes back to the community, either to volunteers who help maintain the space, or to community food banks and church pantries. Click here to see the 2017 list of plants we grow.

Every day at the garden we try to connect with locals and visitors  and provide an engaging, educational and fun experience. Lafayette Greens is also a spectacular space to renew your vows, take a class, have an art opening or pop-up gathering.  Check our calendar of events to see whats going on!

Lafayette Greens is open to the public from April to September, Monday through Friday, 9 am- 5 pm.  Stop in and do a self-guided tour or come and drop by and have your lunch in a beautiful space. 

If you are interested in learning more or would like to have your group do a guided tour contact Sue at sue@greeningofdetroit.com

 

The Greening of Detroit Park in honor of Elizabeth Gordon Sachs 

 

 The pavilion consists of a translucent volume of closely spaced polycarbonate tubes hovering within three steel frames. These 30 foot tubes do not touch one another. Rather, they are suspended from a 6” by 6” wire mesh grid by a series of clips. Each tube is slotted and set at a slight slope. This allows the tubes to collect and deflect rainwater. Even in a heavy rain, the water is diverted and the space below the pavilion remains dry. Owing to their density, the clear tubes also provide shade. A key innovation of the pavilion canopy is that though it is not technically a solid surface, it performs as one.

The pavilion consists of a translucent volume of closely spaced polycarbonate tubes hovering within three steel frames. These 30 foot tubes do not touch one another. Rather, they are suspended from a 6” by 6” wire mesh grid by a series of clips. Each tube is slotted and set at a slight slope. This allows the tubes to collect and deflect rainwater. Even in a heavy rain, the water is diverted and the space below the pavilion remains dry. Owing to their density, the clear tubes also provide shade. A key innovation of the pavilion canopy is that though it is not technically a solid surface, it performs as one.

The Greening of Detroit dedicated this park to Elizabeth Gordon Sachs in the late 1990s.  Sachs founded the organization in 1989 to reforest the city of Detroit.  This park is located at 1463 E. Jefferson, just east of downtown Detroit.

The pavilion or as local residents call "The Tubes" was designed by architect Andrew Zago. This space is used as a gathering spot for The Greening's  youth Green Corp. employees and residents of Lafayette Park neigborhood during the summer months.