Corktown Celebration Rises Above Blight Controversy

10/02/2010 12:09 PM | Deleted user

Corktown Celebration Rises Above Blight Controversy


Corktown, Detroit, MI – (Saturday, October 2)  The Imagination Station, Corktown’s ‘ashes-to-art’ non-profit, and MI Green Team, Michigan’s premier green/wellness network, are partnering to promote green/community initiatives at Slows Bar B Q’s fifth year anniversary celebration tomorrow, Sunday, October 3rd, from noon to 10pm. The event will be held in Roosevelt Park, directly in front of the Michigan’s most famous blighted building, the Michigan Central Station. The event is called “Rainbow Blight”. Net proceeds and donations will benefit the park’s redevelopment.


“Corktown has been in the news a lot lately regarding our efforts to prompt developers to clean up their blighted properties.  We want this event to show another side of our efforts - to work together with all stakeholders on the vision of a clean and green future for Corktown,” said Jeff DeBruyn, Imagination Station partner and president of the Corktown Residents' Council.  “We appreciate the support we are getting from outside Corktown and the cooperation of local residents and property owners. We hope this will be a model for future collaboration.”


The celebration will include a music stage with 10 bands, food & beer from Slows and Mind Body & Spirits restaurants, and the world's largest Cornhole (bean bag toss) tournament with over 130 teams participating. The Corktown Green/Community Expo will add over 30 green/wellness exhibitors, a full presentation schedule, and a kids’ strawbale play area. The expo will draw attention to Corktown residents’ intention to reinvent itself as Detroit's first sustainable community, and will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about Corktown sustainability projects, and locally-available green products, services and programs. The expo is sponsored by ITC Transmission and presented by The Home Depot, which is active in other Corktown charitable projects.


There is no admission charge for tents or outdoor areas. For more information, visit or

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