By SUE SUCHYTA
DEARBORN – The city is acquiring land adjacent to Morningside Park in the southeast corner of the city to build a splash pad, Mayor Abdullah Hammoud said Sept. 8.
“We own two residential plots next to Morningside, one on each side,” he said. “We are pulling that into Morningside, and can make Morningside actually bigger and fit everything that we want to fit into there.”
The existing park is bounded by Wyoming Avenue on the east, Ferney Street on the west, Berkshire Street on the north and Morningside Avenue on south.
“A splash pad, the size of Whitmore-Bolles, with 3,000 square feet, some shaded areas, a track that goes around the whole park for walking and bicycling, and a larger playscape,” Hammoud said. “That is what the residents are looking for.”
He said a basketball court is being removed, which nearby residents requested, due to people coming in late at night, parking on the street and filling the park with garbage.
Hammoud said when city officials have an initial design, they will meet with the residents to get their feedback.
He said they hope to put in wildflowers and a rain garden in the park as well.
“People are excited,” Hammoud said.