Fundraiser planned for pavilion near City Hall

Photo by Sue Suchyta The DDA's Strategic Plan of 2014 sought more public gathering spaces, including pocket parks, downtown, and seeks funding to design and construct a public gathering area in the green space and plaza area in front of City Hall.

Photo by Sue Suchyta
The DDA’s Strategic Plan of 2014 sought more public gathering spaces, including pocket parks, downtown, and seeks funding to design and construct a public gathering area in the green space and plaza area in front of City Hall.

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – A fundraiser for the design and construction of a public gathering area near City Hall is the focus of a proposed Arrowhead Pavilion Fundraiser March 31 at The Waterfront Restaurant.

The City Council and Downtown Development Authority are launching a fundraising campaign in March to raise money to design and construct a public gathering area at the green space and plaza area in front of Wyandotte City Hall, 3200 Biddle.

The goal of the campaign is to raise $50,000 through community fundraising, and $50,000 through a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, which engages in community economic development activities to revitalize communities.

The official MEDC/MSHDA Patronicity Fundraising Campaign will run through March, with the proposed dinner 7 to 10 p.m. March 31 at the Waterfront Restaurant, 507 Biddle.

The DDA, tasked with initiating and coordinating downtown development, has made the effective use of private and public space for an attractive, festive downtown atmosphere part of its mission.

In the DDA’s 2014 strategic plan, the authority noted the limited number of public gathering spaces, and said the addition of small pocket parks, with more seating and gathering spaces, should be added.

The Waterfront Restaurant, which will print and sell tickets to the event, will donate 50 percent of the funds raised through ticket sales to the Arrowhead Pavilion Fundraiser, excluding cash bar alcohol sales. The DDA will also solicit cash or check donations onsite during the event.