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.
Sponsors:Presented by People for Palmer Park with the support of the City of Detroit. Special thanks to Home Depot for a grant and volunteers that made it possible to build the PFPP Educational Garden.
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.