SAY Play hosted the 1st Annual Lipke Park Reunion on Saturday, July 20. It was an opportunity for members of the Osborn / Pershing neighborhood, old and new, to come together to celebrate the Lipke Recreation Center’s history as a community touchstone. Before it fell into disarray after budget cuts and theft, the 14-acre facility served generations of families since 1952. We refurbished and reopened it as SAY Detroit Play Center in 2015, an after-school motivational learning center for Detroit youth (ages 8 to 18). Students must study or receive tutoring for one hour each visit in order to participate in sports, music, dance, STEM robotics and art.
But on Saturday, we honored the legacy of the park, named after two fallen WWII soldier and brothers Clarence and Nicholas Lipke, and celebrate how the center, even in its new form, is a treasured home in the community.
The day’s festivities included a BBQ, tents for shade, a petting zoo, dj and live entertainment from J-Greasy and the Evening Star Trio, and Detroit Water Ice Factory for dessert!