Property: Ehinger Park, 315 Chesterfield Parkway, East Lansing
Owner: City of East Lansing
Assessed value: $0
It’s easy to forget how many unique features there are in
our communities when you travel the same routes day in and day out. If
it isn’t on a main corridor or located right next door to work or home
we miss it — out of sight, out of mind.
Ehinger Park is one of those unique features. Deep inside
the Chesterfield Hills Neighborhood is this superbly located pocket park
— a small park accessible to the public in an urban setting. This one
is located on an irregular piece of property at the lowest point in the
neighborhood, unsuitable for a house. So, ta da: a pocket park.
Ehinger Park is really superb because it’s not only
centrally located within the neighborhood, but also surrounded by houses
with “eyes on the park.” And according to reformist Jane Jacobs, this
makes neighborhoods (and parks) safer.
Everyone has a special place like Ehinger Park where they
like to retreat. It may be in your neighborhood or another’s. The
question is, what is your Ehinger Park?