When I was asked to do a cartoon about Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and what a great place it is to live, I wondered, how does this relate to being green and cause-minded? Come to find out, I didn’t have to look too hard.
Amongst the safe, clean, tree-lined streets, you’ll find charming homes and many mom-and-pop stores. The Park (as it’s lovingly called) also recently built its very own movie theatre and a fitness center.
But wait, there’s more!
The Park also has a “Tree City USA” designation. In order to be considered for this title, the city must have its very own designated full-time forester on staff. The Park covers just over one square mile, and every one of the 8,000 city-owned trees are tended to by forester Brian Colter.
One of the many interesting things I found out is that when residents rake the fall leaves to the curb for city pickup, they are taken for compost and then re-used for landscaping. “Black gold” Brian calls it. He also mentioned that when trees die, the wood isn’t wasted. Even the mighty ash borer can’t take the tree down, so to speak. The Park’s ice rink’s warming hut floor is made from those once-infested ash trees, which now help keep skaters toasty warm.
Grosse Pointe Park – what a perfect community blend of ambiance and sustainability. Who knew that in the heart of Metro Detroit, the small town is alive and well?