Detroit, MI – December 16, 2014 – The Detroit Police Athletic League executive board has approved a plan that will provide us the ability to build Detroit PAL’s new headquarters/conference and historical interactive center while creating the New Field of Dreams for Detroit Kids at the Old Tigers Stadium location. In addition, Detroit PAL should use this once in a life time opportunity to draw up hundreds of thousands new donors to Detroit PAL to improve and increase Detroit PAL’s ability to serve more children. The historical location, which served as the playing field for the Detroit Tigers from 1912-1977, will now serve as home to many Detroit PAL youth sports, including baseball, football and soccer. The decision came from a recommendation made by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.
“Detroit PAL is thrilled at the opportunity to redevelop the original Tiger Stadium field to achieve our mission of building character in the more than 12,000 young people that we currently serve and the thousands more we will be able to serve through this project,” said Tim Richey, CEO of Detroit PAL. “The new stadium will serve as a beacon for old Tiger Stadium enthusiasts and bring back wonderful memories for all of us who enjoyed ballgames at this historic corner. This will provide us the ability to build Detroit PAL’s new headquarters/conference and historical interactive center while creating a new Field of Dreams for Detroit kids at the old Tiger Stadium location.
The development plan, donned “The Corner Project”, includes the construction of a 9,300 square foot headquarters for Detroit PAL programs and the restoration of the celebrated baseball field. Future development plans also include retail and residential space. Larner Realty Group and Detroit PAL plan to break ground in March 2016, donned the Kids at the Corner Project.
About Detroit PAL
Detroit PAL is a non-profit organization positively impacting the lives of nearly 12,000 children each year through athletic and leadership development programs with roots dating back to 1969.
Detroit PAL empowers the community by training volunteer coaches and creating safe places for kids to play. Each year, Detroit PAL teaches nearly 1,500 caring community members how to be encouraging and effective mentors. Detroit PAL has also renovated numerous parks across the city, transforming them into some of the city’s premier athletic facilities. Detroit PAL strives to achieve three important goals for or kids:
• Young people with high character
• Young people who lead active and healthy lifestyles
• Young people who give back in their community