Long before the City of Detroit declared bankruptcy, leaders realized the city could no longer support the maintenance of its expansive green space. Detroit proper stretches across 142.9 square miles, home to 308 official city parks which do not include its many plazas, greenways, playlots, pocket parks, and reclaimed vacant land. In 2011, Marine veteran Aaron Smith founded Motor City Ground Crew to help the city and neighborhoods of Detroit maintain their forsaken parks.

Detroit 2nd Platoon is proud to support Motor City Grounds Crew, neighborhood associations and block clubs by taking on the revitalization and maintenance of three city parks this year--Hope Park and Messmer Park in Detroit, and Veterans Park in Hamtramck.

This year, Detroit 2nd Platoon will be activated to maintain sports fields, build community assets like benches and picnic tables, creating arts space, outdoor movie screens and stages, and beating back the brush so neighborhoods can get the most out of their green spaces. Join fellow veterans and community members as we SERVE AGAIN to "maintain the change!"