Downtown Jackson park to receive a lift with a new structure

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Downtown Jackson will be re-dedicating a decades old mural in the form of a multi-use structure at Horace Blackman Park. That effort could cost more than $500,000 when all is said and done.

The City of Jackson started a project in 2013 to protect a mural made by Glidden Parker and give it a new home with CP Federal Credit Union giving $150,000 towards the project.

“This is our community. This is who we want to be. This is where we want to be. And, we love this community. So, yes. We have committed resources to this community because we love this community,” said CP Federal Credit Union CEO John Crist.

It’s not the mural itself that’s going to cost six figures. That’s already been made. Rather, it’s how the work of art is going to be used in the park.

City of Jackson Vice Mayor Derek Dobies said, “it’s going to have kind of an amphitheater feel. A place where the JSO (Jackson Symphony Orchestra) or other organizations can use for public performances of art. The mural will be the backdrop to that. It’s a ten foot by forty foot mural.”

But, the only person who got behind the city originally was Senator Debbie Stabenow. Most of the money has been covered by grants or awards but, there’s a chance $30,000 might have to come out of the city’s wallet.

“I was glad to help them bring in the first $50,000 and it was done because of their great work. And, receiving money from the national arts community. But, I’m hopeful they’ll be able to close that gap and if not, the city will have to decide,” (D-MI) Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Meaning, it will get done one way or another as construction is expected to begin this fall.


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