Welcome to SDPC

Since opening its doors in 2015, SAY Detroit Play Center (SDPC) is revitalizing and empowering one of Detroit’s most-challenged and underserved neighborhoods.

Situated on nearly 15 acres in the Osborn community in northeast Detroit, the facility was formerly an abandoned City of Detroit recreation center (Lipke Park) until it was targeted by SAY Detroit to become a motivational learning center for Detroit youth with academics as its cornerstone.

Young people ages 8 to 18 who want to become members must meet the following expectations:

  1. Commit to earning at least a 3.0 GPA.
  2. Set and achieve goals in school, extracurriculars or life and be accountable for their progress.
  3. Study for at least an hour in the DEEP before doing anything else at the center.

Read about our academic outcomes here.

SAY Play exists to assist students from low-income families overcome literacy inequities while improving themselves and their communities.

All services at SDPC, including meals and transportation, are free.

Core Values

While at SDPC, young people will be surrounded by tutors, coaches and other adults dedicated to their success who know and contagiously embody:


hard work