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16 Detroit schools will be rec centers for 5 weeks

Poster for the Detroit Summer Fun Centers.
Bryce Huffman
Michigan Radio
Poster for the Detroit Summer Fun Centers.

The city of Detroit is partnering with the Detroit Public Schools Community District to use 16 public schools as recreation centers for five weeks starting Monday. 

The city wants to give kids more recreational choices, but it would’ve been more expensive to reopen the 16 recreation centers that were closed down between 2006 and 2013.

There are currently 11 recreation centers in the city, so adding these 16 schools during the summer brings the total to 27, where it was in 2006.

This five-week program is free for kids ages 6 to 17, but will cost the city about $625,000 total, which is about $40,000 for each location.

Mayor Mike Duggan says he hopes this will cut down on violence in the city.

“Nobody is claiming that opening the rec centers will stop the violence, but it’s one of several ways that we’re showing the young people in this city that they matter,” Duggan said.

The city has recently increased efforts to lower crime in other ways like Project Greenlight and Peace Peddlers.

Keith Flournoy is the director of the city’s Recreation Department. He says this program will keep Detroit kids off the streets during the summer.

“You’ve got to give kids something positive to do, because if they aren’t doing something positive, they’ll find something negative to do,” Flournoy said.

Duggan says this program will give kids two meals a day, Monday through Friday.

Here's a list of the schools that will function as recreation centers:

Brenda Scott Academy 
18440 Hoover

Carstens Elementary 
13000 Essex Ave.

Carver STEM Academy 
18701 Paul

Cody High School 
18445 Cathedral

Cooke STEM Academy 
18800 Puritan Avenue

East English Village Preparatory Academy 
5020 Cadieux

Gardner Elementary School 
6528 Mansfield

Gompers Elementary-Middle School 
14450 Burt Road

Henry Ford High School 
20000 Evergreen

Hutchinson Elementary-Middle School 
2600 Garland

JR King Academic & Performing Arts Academy 
15850 Strathmoor

Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School 
10147 W. Chicago

Munger Elementary Middle 
5525 Martin Rd.

Pasteur Elementary 
19811 Stoepel

Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy 
2585 Grove Street

Western International High School 
1500 Scotten

Bryce Huffman was Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter and host of Same Same Different. He is currently a reporter for Bridge Detroit.
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