People for Palmer Park



People for Palmer Park is an organization committed to the preservation, reinvention, and revitalization of Palmer Park. This urban green oasis is comprised of 296 acres of lawns and historic woodlands, a public golf course, tennis courts, hiking and biking trails, Lake Frances, the historic Log Cabin, and some of the most valuable and diverse ecosystems in the state. Located between 6 and 7 Mile Roads and west of Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Palmer Park has been a treasured nature park and recreation site for more than 100 years. 

People for Palmer Park (PFPP) is an organization committed to the preservation, reinvention, and revitalization of Palmer Park, for the good of all. Our vision is to create an urban oasis, regional destination, and daily recreation site that will promote an active and healthy community.Our guiding values include preservation of park resources; restoration and preservation of the park’s history; equal benefit and access to the park; creation of a safe park environment; responsiveness to park users and the public; timeliness in our actions; and collaboration and cooperation with the city, community, and stakeholders. 


yogaFree Summer Yoga

Saturday, May 18 – Sept 7 (or longer if we have rain days)
9-10 am, in Palmer Park!

Outdoor free yoga classes for all skill levels will be held on Saturday mornings throughSeptember (no class on July 6, ­Independence Day weekend; and July 27, when “Hotter than July” takes place in the park and Labor Day Weekend on Aug. 31)). We will add extra Saturday morning classes in September to make up for classes canceled due to rain.

Park in the pool parking lot off Merrill Plaisance; class will take place in the large clearing next to the lot. Bring your own mat or towel and wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in.

Yoga in the Park is brought to you by People for Palmer Park, Pop Up Yoga (, and from a grant from National Public Lands Day.



Sunday, July 14, 4-5 p.m.

Families are invited to Palmer Park for story time near the log cabin and pond! Bring your own blankets or chairs to sit on. Enjoy the spring park scenery and interactive stories read aloud and performed around the theme of GARDENING. Park at Mounted Police lot at 910 Merrill Plaisance. Gather in front of the log cabin.

cabinLog Cabin Day

June 30,2013 

Last June, People for Palmer Park and the City of Detroit opened Palmer Park’s historic 1800’s Log Cabin — which had been closed for some 30 years — to nearly a thousand visitors for a rare tour. At our Michigan Log Cabin Day celebration, we also treated families to free ice cream, live music, and an afternoon of entertainment and great fun. This monumental com- munity event drew the broad attention of local media and re-connected many old-timers and kids of all ages to early Detroit memories and hopes for Detroit’s future.

This year’s Michigan Log Cabin Day on June 30 promises to be an even bigger and better event, with a raffling of a Shinola bicycle and a pair of US Open presidential suite tickets, a Mad Hatter and Bonnet parade, live jazz, blues and fiddling, and more.

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Architecture Tour Palmer Park Historic Apartment District

The third annual guided walking tour  through the ­historic Palmer Park Apartment District is planned for Saturday, Oct. 6, 2013. Last year, some 400 people joined our guided walking tour  of Palmer Park and the Historic Apartment District on Saturday, Oct. 6. They explored exotic ­architecture from some of ­Detroit’s best architects in the Egyptian, Spanish, Venetian, Moorish, Tudor and Mediterranean styles. Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters. 


Boundary Trail – 2.8 Miles 
Primary Trail  – 2.5 Miles
Mountain Bike Trail  – 3.0 Miles
Hiking Trails  – 5.2 Miles


We need you!

There are many ways to get involved with the efforts to revitalize Palmer Park. Check our calendar on this site or friend us on Facebook to keep up to date on scheduled clean-up days or special volunteer events.

If you’d like to volunteer your time more regularly, you can join one of our committees to work on specific functions of PFPP. Our current committees are: Preservation and Beautification, Recreation and Special Events, Security and Safety, Fundraising and Membership, and Marketing and Communication. If you would like to join these committees, we would love to have you!

Please email to tell us how you would like to get involved, or fill out the online form.

Media Coverage

February 23, 2013
Palmer Park Winterfest & Doggy Fashion Parade
Hour Detroit

Enjoy an afternoon of FREE family fun at Detroit's Palmer Park: horse and carriage rides through the woods, hiking, doggie fashion parade, arts and adventures for kids, cross-country skiing (bring skills if there is snow!), a warm-up tent with live music with Hollands, refreshments from the Green Zebra truck, bonfires, and winter surprises. Read More
October 6, 2012
Tour Of Palmer Park & Historic Palmer Park Apartment District
Hour Detroit

This guided walking tour (shuttle bus available) explores the history of Palmer Park, including the Log Cabin, Spanish Bell and Merrill Palmer Fountain, and the history and artistry of the adjacent National Historic Register apartment district. Read More
September 8, 2012
Raise the Roof: A Benefit Party for Palmer Park's Log Cabin
Hour Detroit

Help us restore Palmer Park’s historic log cabin, built in 1885 for Senator Thomas Palmer and his wife Lizzie Merrill Palmer. Attend a catered Party in the Cabin with music from Sin Hielo ~ Guitarists Sean Blackman & Wayne Gerard . Read More

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