Congratulations to Marathon Petroleum Company LP (MPC) and PEA Landscape Architects for their award-winning Oakwood Heights (aka Marathon Gardens) Master Plan. The team was recognized in the “General Design” Category by the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Treva Formby of MPC along with Sam Lovall (second from the left) and Kimberly Dietzel (second from the right) of PEA were presented with this distinguished honor for their vision, which repurposes nearly 100 acres of blighted neighborhood into multi-functional green infrastructure composed of wildlife habitat, urban farming and park-like landscape in southeast Michigan’s most heavily industrialized area. Proposed development includes an interpretive park near the new Fort Street bridge, over the Rouge River, along the Iron Belle Trail, memorializing the Ford Hunger March of 1932. Forest plantings and urban farming are underway, thanks to the efforts and contributions of the Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Greening of Detroit and community volunteers.