DOI / VISTA Team Projects

Cody Rouge Action Alliance

Roxie Wilson

DOI / VISTA: Roxie Wilson
Supervisor: Dave Thomson
Address: 19321 W CHICAGO ST Suite 105, Detroit, Michigan 48228-1739
County: Wayne County
Voice Telephone: 231-334-3130
Web site:
Congressional District: 13
Bureau: National Park Service (NPS)


The National Park Service- Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance program extends and expands the benefits of the National Park Service throughout the nation. We help connect all Americans to their parks, trails, rivers, and other special places.  When a community asks for assistance with a project, National Park Service staff provide free, on-location facilitation and planning expertise. We help guide a project from conception to completion. We draw from project experiences across the country and adapt best practices to a community's specific needs.

About the Surrounding Community

The community need in the Detroit area is to improve and sustain neighborhoods adjacent to Rouge Park.  Through Park improvements, the goal is to provide safe, accessible outdoor areas for families living close by to use and enjoy.  The general concept is to improve the quality of the natural resources and recreational opportunities to improve community health in the area.  In the Cody Rouge area (Rouge Park east to Southfield freeway, north to Fullerton/I-96), south to Dearborn/Dearborn Heights border), 14% of people between the ages of 20-64 are unemployed and 38.9% are not working. 23.8% make less than $15,000/year and 40.5% of children younger than six live in poverty. The population has dropped from 42,000 in 2000 to 36,000 in 2010. 22% of properties are now vacant with a total of 3,600 vacant properties. 43% of homeowners and 68% of renters pay over 30% of their household gross income for housing. The ethnic makeup is 78% black, 15% white, 4% Latino/Hispanic, 2% multiracial. Average household income is $42,588.

Project Overview

DOI/VISTA Roxie Wilson is helping to improve the quality of the natural resources and recreational opportunities in the adjacent area.  Specifically, she is working to develop more job opportunities with the park in such areas as park maintenance, concessions, park recreation and natural resources. The goal is to make the area a more desirable place to live and visit in order to boost the economy. 



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