Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022 - Community Service Project

On Monday, January 17, 2022, Livonia Citizens Caring About Black Lives and LEARN honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a community service project.

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A group of 11 volunteers met at Rotary Park in Livonia to pick up trash. Rotary Park has a lot to offer Metro-Detroit families with its recently built accessible playscape, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, and nature trails. However, racist graffiti has been found at the park over the last two years.

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Further, another community group, Families Engaging for Equity in Livonia, requested permission for a youth-designed mural in the theme of "Everyone Belongs" on a pavilion at Rotary Park. The request was denied due to an ordinance prohibiting signs or billboards in city parks.

 

Curiously, "Be Kind Livonia" signage is present in the park, a campaign that is sponsored by Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church.

Livonia Citizens Caring About Black Lives and LEARN want to make sure Livonia and the surrounding communities know this park is a welcoming space for all. With our presence and our service, we can do that! 

Although we have a well-funded parks department that keeps our parks fairly clean, the group was able to find a surprising amount of trash and debris. The event was family-friendly with even young children participating in the efforts.