- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The state of Michigan is financially supporting a crowdfunded campaign to redevelop a park in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority and other agencies on Thursday announced the effort on behalf of Dean Savage Memorial Park. Organizers say if the campaign reaches its goal of $27,500 by July 22, the project will garner matching money from the state’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

Money will support rehabilitating a shuffleboard court and creating a dog park, basketball court, outdoor seating and a biergarten. Backers say the goal is to reactivate an “overlooked and underutilized space” that can be an anchor and asset within one of Detroit’s oldest neighborhoods.

The housing agency and Michigan Economic Development Corp. are working with Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

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