Detroit Mayor Duggan Touts New Community Center at Mackinac Policy Conference

DETROIT, June 1, 2022 ~  Detroit Pistons Owner Tom Gores announced plans today to build a new $20 million Rouge Park community center in Detroit’s west side Cody-Rouge district.

The announcement comes as the first in a series of initiatives Mr. Gores launched last summer with the Pistons organization to accelerate the impact of its work in the social justice arena.

The area of the City of Detroit that is most lacking recreation centers is the Cody-Rouge neighborhood on the west side that has a large number of children,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to 760 WJR‘s Paul W. Smith. “Over the years the city has closed twenty rec centers, and one by one we are trying to reopen.”

For me growing up, community centers provided a safe space because after school I always had something to do,” said Pistons Center Isaiah Stewart. “That led me to boxing, soccer, and eventually getting into basketball … They can also give adults who have to work peace of mind knowing their kids are in a safe environment, learning or getting better, or just having fun.”

Hear Mayor Duggan talk with Paul W. Smith live at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference about the community center, plus housing and other revitalization projects currently active in Detroit, below.


June 1, 2022 ~ Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announces that Pistons Owner Tom Gores is going to build a new $20 million community center in Rouge Park on the City of Detroit’s west side. He also addresses allegations that he revealed information on an FBI source and says he did nothing wrong.



May 31, 2022 ~ Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan delivers a press conference at the 2022 Mackinac Policy Conference