Walking Wednesday: Sycamore Park

Last Wednesday, the Sycamore Park Neighborhood hosted a Walking Wednesday. Sycamore Park is a beautiful neighborhood on Lansing’s Southside. It is bounded by Pennsylvania Ave. to the east, the Red Cedar River to the north and east and Mt. Hope Rd. to the south.

We started the walk at Sycamore Park (a city park to the northeast of the Sycamore Park Neighborhood). Before we began, the group talked about the latest in the Mayor’s Block by Block (B3) Initiative. B3 is a collaboration between community leaders, residents and City officials to revitalize neighborhoods. We were all able to see the work of our hardworking neighbors that came out to plant flowers along the Pennslyvania Ave. medians during the Neighborhood’s in Bloom event this past May.

Sycamore Park

The walk commenced with a tour of the highlights of the neighborhood. I was fascinated by the amount of green space in Sycamore Park. There were trees lining every street. It felt like we were walking exploring through tunnels. We even found a community library. This converted mailbox had hundreds of books that anyone from the neighborhood could “check-out”. What a great idea!

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A view from Sycamore Park
Mailbox Library!

Next, the tour took us to Shubel Park. This park is a natural forest with many walking trails inside. The group took one of the trails that opens up onto the Red Cedar. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I loved seeing the plants and animals in Shubel Park.

A look at the Red Cedar River from Shubel Park.

It was great to see so many people in the neighborhood take an interest in the Sycamore Park Neighborhood. There is definitely an energy building in the community, and it will be exciting to see what’s next for the neighborhood.

Be sure to check out our next group of Walking Wednesday’s this week!

  • Westside Walking tour: Tuesday 6-27 @ 6:00 pm
  • Walnut Neighborhood Walking Wednesday: Wednesday 6-28 @ 12:00 pm
  • Cherry Hill Walking Wednesday: Wednesday 6-28 @ 6:00 pm

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