Village Resources for Everyday Living
Detroit’s largest recreational park, Belle Isle, is less than two miles from all of the Villages. This neighborhood jewel sets just within the American side of the Detroit River, an international waterway that runs between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada. Belle Isle Park has a family beach, softball fields, a conservatory with a beautiful walk-through garden, lots of picnic areas, a golf practice area with a five hole bump and run in addition to the driving range, chipping area and putting green, lots of piers for the fishing enthusiasts, a boat museum, light house and a huge water slide for children of all ages. There is also a peacefulness on this island for the moments you want to sit by the shore and watch the ocean going ships go by. If you’re more into nature than ships, the island has a biking trail and plenty of wildlife to mesmerize you from elegant swans and blue herons to deer, geese, seagulls and the occasional loon.
The Dequindre Cut
The newest green space in the area is the Dequindre Cut. This mile long walking and biking trail connects the river walk along the Detroit River to Eastern Market, an historic area full of shops, farmers’ markets and restaurants.
The Riverwalk/Gabriel Richard Park
The Villages are also connected to the Riverwalk at Gabriel Richard Park. The Riverwalk is Detroit’s newest waterfront recreational park. Eventually to link from the McArthur Bridge at Belle Isle and Gabriel Richard to the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, the Riverwalk is one of Detroit’s best biking, running and walking paths. Currently the Riverwalk connects GM’s world headquarters at the Renaissance Center downtown all the way east to Mt. Elliott Park just two blocks south of the western edge of the Villages.
The enclave of the Riverwalk at Gabriel Richard Park includes butterfly gardens, water features for children to play in, restroom facilities and much more to make a day of fun and recreation.
There are more gems within the Villages including Mollicone Park, Maxwell Greenspace, Shipherd Greens Community Garden, Indian Village Centennial Garden and Erma Henderson Park and Marina.
Michigan can boast about its amazing waterway and views, but there is none more exciting than the Detroit River – the Villages’ southern border. The Detroit River is an international waterway separating Detroit, Michigan from Windsor, Ontario. It is high on the list of main attractions for Detroit’s visitors as well as the people of Southeastern Michigan. One of the things that makes living in the Villages so special is that this international riverfront is our playground.
Living in the Villages – Indian, West, East, Islandview or Gold Coast and Berry Subdivision – means you don’t have to go far to enjoy the River- in fact if you live on the Gold Coast, the river is your backyard! The Detroit River is shared and enjoyed by boaters, swimmers, fishers, walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers. Of course while we’re enjoying our riverfront playground, the grace with which the ocean-going liners and ships glide through stops us all in our tracks. Imagine docking your boat or personal watercraft in any of the Villages’ nearby marinas – Erma Henderson, St. Aubin, Detroit Yacht Club, just to name a few – and being able to sit on your boat and watch these ships go by. Despite what any forecaster tells you, you’ll know winter is turning into spring as you watch the last chunk of ice float down the River.
Friends School in Detroit
1100 Saint Aubin Street
Detroit MI 48207 (313) 259-6722
Friends School in Detroit was founded in 1965 by a group of business and civic leaders under the sponsorship of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It is an independent, privately funded, day school for students in pre-school (age 3) through eighth grade. committed to the values of peace, simplicity, integrity, community and equality, the school uses an inclusive Quaker model of decision-making in the governance of the school.
The Detroit Waldorf School
Detroit, MI 48214
The Detroit Waldorf School offers a developmentally appropriate, balanced approach to education that skillfully integrates the arts and academics for children from preschool through eighth grade. This unique educational philosophy encourages a lifelong love of learning. The Waldorf model was developed in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner. Today, it is one of the fastest growing educational movements in the United States.
The goal of Waldorf education is to enable students to realize their unique potential and meet the challenges of the changing world we live in. Waldorf teachers blend creative activities with scientific and intellectual study to create a balance between the sciences, humanities and arts. The curriculum includes two foreign languages, fine and practical arts, music, and physical education.
Young students develop a strong foundation for academic learning and creative thinking through a play-based curriculum. Older students are met with an academically rigorous program that prepares them for creative, critical thinking and individual initiative beyond high school.
Explore the world of difference a Waldorf education can make. Visit detroitwaldorf.org or call 313-822-0300 to schedule a tour!
Nichols Preparatory Academy
3000 Burns Street, Detroit MI, 48214-1874
Phone: (313) 852-0800 • Fax: (313) 852-0811
Principal: Regina Haywood
The school, which has been in existence for 100 years, is a family institution. Many parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents have attended the school. Nichols School has a solid reputation, and for this reason, students come from various neighborhoods throughout the City of Detroit.
Nichols Academy’s highly qualified staff offers a wealth of knowledge that supports social growth and academic achievement. Its support staff includes a Literacy Coach, two Resource teachers, an Instructional Specialist, a full time nurse on staff, a social worker, school psychologist, occupational therapist, and a speech and language pathologist. Nichols also has three full time Special Education classrooms and a Resource Room that supports students with special needs.
Nichols Academy offers: Rigorous college preparatory curriculum, Tutoring/extended day program, Success for All Reading Program, a proven base for accelerated reading, Accelerated Reading/Math, Cheerleading, Basketball, Football, Dance, Academic Games, Career Day, Volunteer Reading Program, Church/civic group programs, Chess, Financial Literacy, Gospel Choir, Lego Competition, Science Fair, Robotics, Foreign Language, Drama, Physical Education, Art
This school has at least three exceptional church partners in Jefferson Ave. Presbyterian Church, Greater Christ Baptist Church and Mack Ave. Community Church whose partnerships make sure that students are actively involved in academic games, student centered book publications, Spanish, choirs, jump rope squad, gardening, basketball and after-school tutorial services.
On April 27, 2013, the Nichols Garden Collaborative broke ground at its new school garden at Nichols School along with their parents and members from the surrounding community, and filled six 4 x 8 foot raised beds with soil and compost, in order to plant vegetables that will be used in the cafeteria for school lunches. The vegetables include: squash, cucumbers, beans, radishes and a variety of greens such as collards, spinach, kale and mustard. The innovative program is part of the Detroit School Garden Collaborative and the A Farm 2 School Initiative inspiring access to Healthy Foods.
Nichols is a 2014 Recommended School by Excellent Schools Detroit.
Chrysler Elementary School
1445 E. Lafayette Street, Detroit MI, 48207-2903
Phone: (313) 494-8440 • Fax: (313) 494-8367
Principal: Wendy Shirley
Chrysler Elementary School, an application/examination school, challenges the minds of high achievers to set realistic goals that yield academic and social success creating a life-long learner who strives for excellence in an environment that is resourceful and respected.
Chrysler is a School of Journalism focusing on writing in all academic areas. The stories written by students participating in Auntie Lilly’s Writing Program are professionally published. All students experience a challenging learning environment, rich in technology, that will prepare each student for higher learning. The Art/Writing Initiative Program allows every student to engage in creative art work and expression through writing. The art work is displayed at the Charles H. Wright African American Museum.
Offerings: Latch-key, Music, Art, Tutoring/Extended Day Program, Accelerated Reading/Math, Success For All Program, Boy Scouts, Glee Club, Media Clubs, Newspaper, Videography, Science Club, K-5 Student Council, Auntie Lillie Writing/ Publishing Program, Academic Games, Volunteer Reading and Business Corps, Church/Civic group tutors and mentors, Student Council, Book Mobile, Computer classes, Vocal music, Gym
Chrysler School Mission:
Challenging the minds of
High achievers to set
Realistic goals that
Yield academic and
Social success creating a
Lifelong learner who strives for
Excellence in an environment that is
Resourceful and Respected
Chrysler is a 2014 Recommended School by Excellent Schools Detroit.
Marcus Garvey Academy
2301 Van Dyke Street, Detroit MI, 48214-3958
Phone: (313) 866-7400 • Fax: (313) 866-7382
Principal: James Hearn
Marcus Garvey Academy, which serves students in PreK to 8th grade, offers a high-performing, African-centered learning environment that places an emphasis on cultural awareness, global learning and community service. The strength of the program is a focus on culture and self-awareness. Garvey Academy believes in building students’ self-esteem, self-respect and pride to raise student achievement. Marcus Garvey Academy’s indictors of student success include continuous improvement, commitment to community empowerment and a love of lifelong learning. The school features $8.6 million in building upgrades and renovations of academic areas.
Renovation and new Harambee Center addition: The comprehensive plan for Marcus Garvey Academy called for an $8.6 million upgrade for building infrastructure and renovations of academic areas in 2011. At the heart of these improvements was the new Harambee Center addition, which is the new gathering space for the school’s African-centered curriculum. A completely flexible space that can be secured from the rest of the school for use after hours, the Harambee Center provides a welcoming home for student gatherings by day, the lunch room for the middle school students at noon, as well as ample accommodation for events for parents and the community on evenings and weekends.
Offerings: Inside Out Writers Program, Boys and Girls Basketball, School Community Agencies and Services, Robotics Club, The M.A.D.E. Conflict Resolution Program, Spanish Club, Detroit Compact Scholarship Program, Academic Games, Girls & Boys Read Program, The180° Self-Esteem/Conflict Resolution, Tutoring/Extended Day After School Program, In School Full Service Health Clinic, Urban Gardening, Adult Computer Literacy Class, Glee Club, Music, Art, Computer Courses, Physical Education, Schools of the 21st Century
St. Clare of Montefalco School
16231 Charlevoix St, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
Established in 1927, St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic School provides a strong, supportive academic experience to children from diverse communities. The school practice Christian beliefs by providing an atmosphere that encourages every child to develop a sense of personal worth, academic excellence and social responsibility. It fosters a climate of moral awareness, and compassion and respect for one another. The school offers a challenging core curriculum, enriched by Spanish, art and music. It also offers extensive extra-curricular activities including sports, forensics, choir, puppetry, drama, techno team and more. St. Clare students consistently score higher on the Iowa Test than the national average, and are regularly awarded scholarships to private high schools. For more information, visit stclareschool.net.
3472 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48214
Mon-Sat.: 8am. 9pm.
Sun. 9am.- 7pm.
11250 E. Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48214
1565 E. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48207
Indian Village Market
8415 Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI. 48214
Parker St. Market
1814 Parker St.
Detroit, MI. 48214
Tuesday-Friday: 9 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM
Kimbrough Valet Services
1815 Van Dyke St.
Detroit, MI 48214
Red Crown Cleaners
8355 Jefferson Ave.
Detroit, MI 48214
1561 E. Lafayette
Detroit, MI 48207
Bulk and Recycling Pick Up
Bulk pickup and recycling materials in containers happens every other week. Normal refuse collection will be weekly.
Curbside recycling is now available. To take part, residents will need to call the Rizzo Environmental Services Customer Care Center at 866-772-8900 and request a 64-gallon recycling container. There is a one time fee of $25 for the cart, which can be paid by mail or online at rizzoservices.com.