Roosevelt Park lies beneath Michigan Central Station (below), an iconic and currently unused structure, and acts as a transitional public place between the Corktown and Southwest neighborhoods and commercial districts.


Michigan Central Station

We worked with Human Scale Studio, an urban planning firm that exists at the intersection of community engagement, tactical urbanism, and long-range planning to help them answer their larger question of: How might we activate Roosevelt Park to become an accessible, iconic public space for the surrounding community?

Roosevelt Park is slated by the city’s master plan for $3 million dollars of improvements in 2020. In part, Human Scale Studio aims to create a public private partnership that enables more innovative programming and design driven by the community’s needs, hopefully in the next year.
We assisted in researching best practices of other existing public-private partnerships, and through our project recorded our process in a multi-modal way in an effort to leave Human Scale Studio with a way of capturing and archiving the development of Roosevelt Park.
Here, you can listen to an orchestra of what is happening with Roosevelt Park as we worked on our project: the sounds of Slow Roll as it wove through the park, our evolving impressions, and community meeting snippets. As it evolves, the sounds, words, and voices will with it. Stay tuned and watch as Human Scale Studio guides the process toward an equitable and user-centered final design.