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Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
City of Grosse Pointe Park
Palmer T. Heenan Municipal Center
Palmer T. Heenan Municipal Center
Location within Wayne County
Location within Wayne County
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan is located in Michigan
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Location in Michigan
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan is located in the United States
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wayne
Incorporated 1907 (village)
1950 (city)
 • Type Mayor–council
 • City 3.71 sq mi (9.61 km2)
 • Land 2.17 sq mi (5.61 km2)
 • Water 1.54 sq mi (4.00 km2)
577 ft (176 m)
 • City 11,555
 • Estimate 
 • Density 5,101.57/sq mi (1,969.61/km2)
 • Metro
4,285,832 (Metro Detroit)
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Zip code(s)
Area code(s) 313
FIPS code 26-35540
GNIS feature ID 0627466

Grosse Pointe Park is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 11,555 at the 2010 census.

Bordering on Detroit with frontage on southern Lake St. Clair, it is the southernmost of the Grosse Pointe suburbs. Grosse Pointe Park was incorporated as a village in 1907 and again as a city in 1950.


Before incorporation as a city, the area that would become the city of Grosse Pointe Park was incorporated as the Village of Fairview, which spanned Bewick Street in the west to Cadieux Road in the east in Grosse Pointe Township. The city of Detroit annexed part of the village in the township from Bewick Street to Alter Road in 1907. Fearing further annexation, the part of the village east of Alter Road incorporated as the Village of Grosse Pointe Park later that year. Seeking further annexation protection from Detroit and independence from its township, the village reincorporated as a city in 1950.

In 2014 the city placed a farmer's market on Kercheval Street, on the border with Detroit. Mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan criticized the placement because it was blocking a street between Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park. Grosse Pointe Park officials moved parts of the market to another location but still had it partly blocking Kercheval. In 2015 the city added large planters at the intersection of Kercheval Avenue and Alter Road, on its border with Detroit. The city government stated that it is a beautification project.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.71 square miles (9.61 km2), of which 2.17 square miles (5.62 km2) is land and 1.54 square miles (3.99 km2) is water. The water is part of Lake St. Clair. Grosse Pointe Park has about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of borders with Detroit, with one border between Alter Road and Wayburn to the southwest, and another along Mack Avenue to the northwest; its third border on land is with the city of Grosse Pointe along Cadieux Road to the northeast.


Buck-Wardwell House
The Buck-Wardwell House on Jefferson Avenue, built in 1840, as the first brick house in Grosse Pointe

The neighborhoods in Grosse Pointe Park are built on a standard grid street pattern which flows out of Detroit, and housing ranges from tightly-packed single- and multi-family brick houses, often rentals, on the far west side of the Park, to rows of traditionally-styled single family homes generally averaging over 3,000 square feet (280 m2), to multimillion-dollar mansions, some of which are found on the lakeshore. The west side of the city features mixed-use neighborhoods, where retail, schools, and churches are within close walking distance. The rest of the city is basically residential, but at the eastern edge residents are in close walking distance to "the Village" shopping district in Grosse Pointe. Many of the houses in the Park were built prior to World War II, and many of these were designed by noted architects using the finest materials. Windmill Pointe Drive, and streets such as Bishop, Kensington, Yorkshire, Edgemont Park, Three Mile Drive, Devonshire, Buckingham, Berkshire, Balfour, Middlesex, and Nottingham among others, each have dozens of large, architecturally significant homes. These mansions and mini-manses were often placed on large lots which were often split up, the result being that some post-war ranch style homes are mixed in with homes of traditional design.

Grosse Pointe Park includes a large neighborhood located on Windmill Pointe, a once-swampy piece of land roughly south of Jefferson Avenue, the edge of which marks the entrance to the Detroit River and the end of Lake St. Clair. A large lakefront park with a pool, gym, movie theatre, and gathering spaces for residents only is found at this spot. At the base of the point, at the foot of Three Mile Drive, is another large park, Patterson Park, which is known for its skating rink and walking trails. One way that people distinguish geography in Grosse Pointe Park is by location north or south of Jefferson Avenue, the south side being generalized as Windmill Pointe.

The Park also includes a section known as the "cabbage patch," an area of town with densely-packed multi-family houses in contrast to the single-family homes with larger lots that populate the vast majority of the Grosse Pointes. The cabbage patch is generally considered to be the northwest corner of the city, bounded by Mack, Wayburn, Jefferson, and Somerset, with a small extension south of Jefferson on Nottingham and Beaconsfield. The region's name can be seen in various local establishments such as the Cabbage Patch Cafe and Cabbage Patch Saloon.

Grosse Pointe Park, along with Grosse Pointe and Grosse Pointe Farms, is in the Grosse Pointe South High School district. There are two Grosse Pointe Public School System elementary schools in the Park: Defer and Trombly schools, in addition to one middle school: Pierce Middle School. The eastern Park is also served by Maire Elementary in Grosse Pointe in the Village district. Then serves the one high school, South High School off Fisher Road. There is one private school in the Park, the K-8 St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic School on Charlevoix and Audubon streets.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 290
1920 1,355 367.2%
1930 11,174 724.6%
1940 12,646 13.2%
1950 13,075 3.4%
1960 15,457 18.2%
1970 15,641 1.2%
1980 13,562 −13.3%
1990 12,857 −5.2%
2000 12,443 −3.2%
2010 11,555 −7.1%
2020 11,595 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,555 people, 4,516 households, and 3,182 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,324.9 inhabitants per square mile (2,056.0/km2). There were 4,997 housing units at an average density of 2,302.8 per square mile (889.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.0% White, 10.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 4,516 households, of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.5% were non-families. 24.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 41.8 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.1% were from 25 to 44; 32.1% were from 45 to 64; and 12.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.


Primary and secondary schools

Defer Elementary School, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan (October 12, 2008)
Defer Elementary School

Grosse Pointe Public Schools serves Grosse Pointe Park.

Defer Elementary School, Trombly Elementary School, and Pierce Middle School are located in Grosse Pointe Park. Along with Defer and Trombly, Maire Elementary School in Grosse Pointe also serves a section of the city. All residents are zoned to Pierce Middle and Grosse Pointe South High School in Grosse Pointe Farms.

In June 2019 the school board voted to close Trombly Elementary School as the numbers of students had declined.

St. Clare of Montefalco School, a private Catholic K-8 school, is in Grosse Pointe Park.

Public libraries

The Grosse Pointe Public Library operates the Carolyn and Ted Ewald Memorial Branch Library in Grosse Pointe Park. The library was scheduled to open in 2004. The 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) branch was originally scheduled to open in October of that year, but delays moved the opening month to January 2005.

Notable people

  • Dorothy Marie Donnelly, poet
  • Mariela Griffor, author, moved to Grosse Pointe from Chile
  • Mark Tremonti, musician
  • Anita Baker, singer

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