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Looking for a New Book Project for the Kids? Beloved Detroit Parks Will Be the Subject of a New Coloring Book Series

While We’re Staying Indoors, a Partnership has Blossomed Between the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the Belle Isle Conservancy, Downtown Detroit Partnership, Eastern Market, and the City of Detroit


Amid a time when many parents and their children may be looking for some creative way to spend time isolating and social distancing, Detroit parks have come to the rescue in the form of a new coloring book series. Make sure you check back, new pages will be released every Tuesday, and the series will showcase various Detroit parks from Belle Isle to Cullen Plaza and beyond.

“Detroit has amazing parks,” shared Mark Wallace, president & CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, while speaking about the initiative. “These parks bring us together to exercise, find peace by interacting with nature and gather as a community. While our children are staying home to stay safe, this coloring book will allow them to express their creativity and to celebrate what these spaces mean to them.”

The initiative stems from a collaboration between the Belle Isle Conservancy, Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), Eastern Market, and the City of Detroit. The series, which started releasing pages on April 14, will be adding two new parks to the downloadable online booklet every Tuesday through May 26.

According to the release put out by members of the partnership, some of the Detroit parks that will be showcased include, the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and James Scott Memorial Fountain on Belle Isle; Mt. Elliott Park, Gabriel Richard Park, Cullen Plaza, Robert C. Valade Park and the Dequindre Cut along the riverfront; Shed 3 of Eastern Market; Downtown Detroit’s Campus Martius Park, Rouge Park, Palmer Park and Clark Park in Detroit.

After downloading and coloring their drawings, the partnership is encouraging individuals to share their masterpieces by tagging the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy on social media using #ColoringDetroitParks.

All of the illustrations showcased, in the Detroit Parks Coloring Book are original, one-of-a-kind illustrations created by the local illustration team at 313 Creative, a “Detroit-based strategic planning and design firm” currently based out of Eastern Market. For more information on how to download the coloring book, please visit detroitriverfront.org/coloringdetroitparks.

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