New picnic shelter opens at Crowley Park; built with funds from Dearborn Soccer Club

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn

Mayor O’Reilly (with scissors, at right) joins Dearborn Soccer Club President Marv Purdy and Club Secretary Anthony Fundaro Jr., (with scissors, center and left, respectively) in marking the grand opening of Crowley Park’s new picnic shelter. Also pictured are (from left): Eric Peterson, deputy director of the Dearborn Recreation Department; club member Aliyah Abdel Jabar; Tom Martin, club director of coaching; club member Kinsey Burnett; Councilman Robert A. Abraham; Joan Schnell, representing the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce; club member Kaelyn Burnett; Councilwoman Nancy A. Hubbard; club member Jack Thomason; Scott Bewick, representing the Chamber of Commerce; Recreation Department staff member Jamie Timiney; Councilman George T. Darany; Susan Rolf, representing the Chamber of Commerce; Recreation Department Director Greg Orner; Michelle Lemieux and Linda Hemp, representing the Crowley Park Neighborhood Association.

Club makes $100,000 donation to enhance park

DEARBORN – Crowley Park was a site for celebration Wednesday as its new picnic shelter was officially opened. The new shelter was created thanks to a $100,000 donation from the Dearborn Soccer Club. The donation is also funding the just-begun renovation of the park’s comfort station.
“We just can’t say enough about the community spirit of the Dearborn Soccer Club,” said Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. “Their generosity will benefit everyone who uses Crowley Park for many years to come. It’s a wonderful gift to the people of this great city.”
Crowley Park is south of Michigan Avenue off of Westwood, just east of Gulley Road. City officials are pursuing plans for further enhancements to the park, such as new soccer fields and a new access route to relieve congestion on Oxford Street.
The Dearborn Soccer Club is an all-volunteer association organized for the purpose of providing recreational soccer activities to the youth of Dearborn and the surrounding area. Since 2004, the club has had more than 100 teams and 1,500 players participate each year.
For more about the Dearborn Soccer Club, go to www.dearbornsoccer.org.