Downtown Pontiac grows a park and a community

The community of Pontiac and the Pontiac Downtown Business Association (PDBA) have engaged in a 45 day campaign to raise funds through a crowdfund for Downtown Pontiac’s first urban green space on Saginaw Street.  Thanks to the support of over 90 patron’s the park will launch this summer.

In an effort to engage the community to embrace the project, the PDBA opted to show the State of Michigan, through the Pure Michigan campaign, that they wanted the park, vs the alternative of asking a major donor to sponsor the park.  Patronicity, a Detroit based crowdfunding site, managed the project in partnership with Pure Michigan to receive a matching fund when the campaign reached it’s goal of $12,500.

Green spaces do more than soften the concrete urban landscape, but also provide places to congregate, commune, and grow.  Downtown Pontiac’s first urban green space promises to support the community’s growing resident and business population.

The project supports a green space and place-making initiative of the Pontiac Downtown Business Association to convert what is now 4,800 square feet of fertile earth in a vacant lot to become a pocket-park nestled between two incredible historic buildings Downtown.  “Not only will it be something the community can enjoy while living or visiting downtown, but it also helps attract additional investment” says Pontiac Downtown Business Association CEO and President, Glen Konopaskie.

Deirdre Waterman, Mayor of the City of Pontiac, shared how proud she was of the community for coming out to support the project and help Pontiac Move Forward.  The average donation per patron of the project was $150; the value given to have a namesake brick in honor of the patron installed in the park.  

As Konopaskie works with Pontiac Mayor Waterman and Oakland County Executives through the Main Street Program, Downtown Pontiac is well underway of an economic turn-around.  The partnerships, team work and synergies running through this City, County, and State are powerful collaborations.

For further updates please visit to watch the park continue to grow, and the City of Pontiac Move Forward.  
The Pontiac Downtown Business Association (PDBA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization.   Operating under the Nationally Accredited Main Street management program’s four point approach of promotion of downtown events, economic development, organizational operations, and downtown design, the association manages historic Downtown Pontiac.