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.