Finale Friday



Summer in the City celebrates 14 years of service with blowout event.

More than 1,200 people turned out for Summer in the City’s Finale Friday this year and created this mural to brighten the Howard Hardy Crowell Recreation Center in Detroit.

Summer in the City’s Finale Friday ended the Southwest Detroit-based nonprofit’s summer of programming with a bang.

More than 1,200 people came out to the Howard Hardy Crowell Recreation Center on Aug. 14 to participate in the biggest day in SITC history. Volunteers spent the day playing with campers from the seven day camps SITC operates, painting a 10-panel mural and working with recreation center staff on park beautification.

Volunteers work to paint the winning mural — designed as part of a competition among the creative staff at the Mars Agency, a Southfield-based marketing firm.

“Each year we challenge ourselves to be more ‘fun, flexible and fulfilling’ than the year before,” said SITC co-director Nick Johnson of Detroit. “This year, our volunteers and community partners made that happen.”

After being spread out in activities throughout the park, the day culminated with volunteers and campers gathering for a picture in front of the freshly finished mural.

“I’m not sure how we’ll top this next year,” said Paint Director Hannah Burns of Detroit as she surveyed a 40-foot section of the mural. “We should probably start painting now.”

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