DETROIT (WWJ) – How do you change a city besieged with budget troubles? One blade of grass at a time says Tom Nardone, founder of the Detroit Mower Gang.

Nardone started the group just under a year ago to mow parks in the city of Detroit, many of which have fallen victim to budget cut backs.

“We’ve done about a half dozen parks including the Veledrome at Outer Drive and Mound Road,” Nardone told WWJ’s Marie Osborne.

Members of the group show up at the appointed park with riding lawn mowers or weed whackers and proceed to clean up the park. Members who don’t have a mower are given one.

“There are about 90 parks in the city of Detroit and each one could use a little help,” said Nardone. The group sends out notices through their Facebook page.

Mower Gang member in action:

The Mower Gang is now in the process of replacing swings at a number of City of Detroit parks. Their next event is July 16th, when the group plans to mow a park in the dark. Nardone said the group is only out to supplement what the city can’t do.

To find our more about the Mowergang, including how you can join, visit this link.

Comments (18)
  1. holly says:

    You can’t expect the government to handle everything in a time like this, Citizens need to step up and help out. Way to go Mower Gang!

  2. alex says:

    in Lansing an hour away, they jailed people for doing the same thing. The Idiiot mayor only wants to build rain gardens aka big garbage collectors, homeless urinals and weed habitats. A little was killed walking in the street cause the City sidewalk was not shoveled..under a viadock, no homeowner to blame. Yup people outta do more, move out of the cities and instead of paying high taxes pay for private work.

  3. susan says:

    This is a wonderful example of people helping themselves. I commend you for doing something yourself to help the community and not complaining that someone else isn’t doing it for you, it’s very refreshing these days.

  4. corneyedbrowntrout says:

    way to go. true community activism, who needs the “gov ment”?

  5. Felicia says:

    Now that’s what I call “Grassroots Movement”. Way to go.

  6. Binny 22 says:

    I love this! Well done and a big thank you to the Mower Gang.

  7. Boris Cruz-McCubbin says:

    Way to go! I hope communities across the country see this and set up their own volunteer groups, parks are very important for our kids who need an alternative to TV and computer games.

  8. Stanley Brantley says:

    Brantley Development employees will be cleaning up MLK memorial park on July 16. Any suggestions on who to contact to pick up the bags after we are done

    1. Doug says:

      Gosh, I’d say everyone bring home a bag or two and put it in your own trash can. You may get in trouble for using a business’ dumpster. OR, maybe a local trash disposal company can sponsor the event with a dumpster and removal. It’ll just take some calling around. Good Luck!

  9. doctorincredible says:

    They should send a bill to the city… that is exactly what the city would do to them in the same situation… Or they should get a tax credit. Good work, and a nice story. would it be a flash mow?

    1. madSCIENCE says:

      Lol, a flash mow! Mowed, raked, trailered, and gone before the city can even come and throw a wrench in some good community involvement. Good work guys!

  10. RMW says:

    Way to go mowermen! Too bad it isn’t more widespread, CA could do with some sprucing up.

  11. Kaye says:

    Wow….sitting here in Tampa Florida and this made me wonder what we could do here to help our parks. Good job!

  12. Linda Ferguson says:

    If you join their Facebook page, you will find the post where a member boasts about “getting laid” by an admiring passer by. This group needs more investigation before they are allowed to interact freely with the public under the color of authority.

  13. Michael says:

    It’s time for all of us to start doing small things for our communities, even if it’s just picking up litter, or putting a coat of paint on something. I’ve often wondered why we don’t have a Job Corps for those who are out of work. Regardless of what some folks think, there are plenty of folks out of work who would welcome the chance to feel like they’re at least helping in some way.

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