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 the Community and Economic Department at 248-546-2366 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.

Volunteering is fun!


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