Autumn in Detroit's Palmer Park would not be complete without a hayride through the colorful trails at People for Palmer Park's annual Harvest Festival.
More than a century ago, Senator Thomas Palmer and his wife Lizzie Merrill Palmer would often invite guests to enjoy their Log Cabin Farm, drink freshly pressed apple cider, and enjoy the harvest. Palmer donated the land in the late 1800s to the city of Detroit to serve as a park "for the good of everyone."
In honor of the harvest and in celebration of the Palmer legacy, the park will be filled with autumn festivities and free family fun.
Farmer John and his Barnyard Express show and petting zoo will return. Some of the season's bounty will be shared: apple tasting (with five different varieties of heirloom apples); apple cider and donut holes for the first 500; corn grilling and pumpkin picking. Arts and crafts activities and pumpkin decorating will be held in PFPP's big blue art tent, and a special squash display will demonstrate the wide variety of pumpkins and squash that grow in Michigan and how they look inside and out. Then try your luck at tug-of-war, sack races and other old-fashioned games.
This will be a fun-filled opportunity for all ages to discover how our food is grown, the lives of farm animals, and nature in the park.
During Harvest Fest, learn about the exciting Lake Frances Revival Project. People for Palmer Park, in partnership with the landscape architecture firm Conservation Design Forum, has been working on a plan to revitalize Lake Frances. The benefits of blue/green infrastructure and revitalization strategies for Palmer Park's Lake Frances will be discussed. This initiative is funded by The Kresge Foundation.
PEOPLE FOR PALMER PARK OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE: As with all our events, we will have plenty of official PFPP merchandise for sale! T-shirts, tote bags, buttons and more! Cash and credit accepted!
The event takes place next to Palmer Park's Splash Park and new playground, on Merrill Plaisance near Pontchartrain, between McNichols and Seven Mile Roads, west of Woodward Avenue. Parking is available at the Splash Park parking lot.
Sponsors: Presented by People for Palmer Park with the support of the City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Dept., Hitachi Corp., Quicken Loans, BNP Media, Walker Miller Energy Services. Special thanks to Home Depot for a grant and volunteers that made it possible to build the PFPP Educational Garden.