Royal Oak has kicked off a crowdfunding effort to raise money to build a small “smart park” in a pedestrian plaza next to a downtown parking deck with public WiFi, solar-powered digital charging stations, covered bike parking, a children’s area and more.
The city’s Downtown Development Authority and the head of the annual Arts. Beats & Eats event have already contributed $10,000 each. Donations to the park can be made online at rosmartpark.com.
Royal Oak needs to raise $60,000 by the time the campaign ends June 16 in order to qualify for a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. That would raise a total of $120,000 to build the park.