DETROIT (WWJ) – Saturday, Metro Detroiters will get a chance to learn the history of one of the city’s most popular recreation spots.
The People for Palmer Park have organized a tour of the park to help preserve its landmark Log Cabin, the summer home of Thomas and Lizzie Palmer.
Daniel Scarsella, is with the park’s preservation board. He explained what visitors can expect at the tour …
“Talk about the park, Thomas Palmer, and his wife, Lizzie Palmer, and how they created the park for the citizens. And then they are going to take little walking tours every fifteen minutes and they are going to walk through the apartment complex that is just south of Palmer Park,” said Scarsella.
Scarsella tells WWJ about how his organization was born:
“The organization came about from talk of closing the park, it really came about at the Tennis Club — there is a tennis club that meets there at the park. They kind of spear-headed the effort and gathered together and started talking about their vision and how they didn’t want the part to be closed,” said Scarsella.
The Palmers donated several properties in their lifetime and many remain in good standing some 100 years later. The Log Cabin is an exception – it’s one of the most cherished gifts to the city and it’s being threatened by more than 25 years of neglect and decay.
Tickets for the tour are $15. Tours begin at noon running every fifteen minutes until 2 p.m. PFPP is also hosting a second annual hayride in the park trails on Saturday from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.