The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is gifting $500,000 to support the development of a park along Detroit’s west riverfront.
The funding to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is from the trusts of Wilson’s late daughters, Edith “Dee Dee” Wilson and Linda Bogdan.
A garden recognizing the two women also will be created at the park which will be renamed the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park. About $150,000 annually from another fund will be recommended to support maintenance and seasonal plantings.
“Dee Dee and Linda both loved to play tennis, spend time outdoors, and enjoyed gardening,” said Mary Wilson, foundation board chair and Ralph C. Wilson’s widow. “When identifying how to allocate this generous gift from their estate, we knew it would be most appropriate to honor these passions in a way that will live on through the park.”
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