Downtown Ferndale Placemaking

Led by the City of Ferndale Community and Economic Development Department (CED) and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), the Downtown Placemaking project is a collaboration meant to attract guests and pedestrians to our downtown and create public spaces that cultivate positive community interactions.  

What is Placemaking?

Placemaking activates underutilized downtown space, which the City of Ferndale has identified as its alleys. This project will concentrate on the Troy and West Breckenridge alleys, incorporating designs and additions to enhance these public spaces—including a colorful art canopy installation, a giant Jenga game, a community piano, homemade pallet furniture, and shaded public seating. The use of street paint will also brighten and liven up our alleys.


The project launches Saturday, May 19, with alley installation during the City's Clean the Ferndale Up. Work will continue through the summer, with upcoming projects to be announced.

Get Involved

For volunteer dates and opportunities, contact CED special projects coordinator Mara Braciszewski by email at or by phone at 248-546-2525 ext. 154.

Support the Project

Sponsorship is needed to support the many cool, collaborative ideas we have for this project. Give us a hand! Donations can be made to the Ferndale DDA by cash or credit card (in person) or by check (mail) at 300 E. Nine Mile Rd., in the lower level of City Hall.


Ferndale DDA Board of Directors, Ferndale City Councilman Greg Pawlica, Little Lotus Wellness, The Candle Wick Shoppe, Modern Natural Baby, M.C. 'Wiches, Augie Potzmann . . . and you!


Have you helped or interacted with the new alley designs? Your feedback is essential! Please take a moment to complete our quick project feedback form and help us make this project a success.


We would love it if you'd consider joining or contributing to this community-driven project. For questions or comments, contact Mara Braciszewski, or 248-546-2525 ext. 154.

Volunteering is fun!

Water Safety Information

The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.

Lead and Your Public Drinking Water

Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.

PFAS and Your Public Drinking Water

Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.

PFAS Report: Southeast Ferndale

February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.

For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.


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