project leader
Angela L
John R and E. Buena Vista
(Highland Park)
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Perchman Family Update

the project

On August 18, 1974, twelve-year-old Edith Perchman was delivering newspapers in Highland Park and was shot to death. In 1975, the city re-named the park after her. In 1998, a Detroit Free Press article was written about her sister’s wishes and attempts to develop the park into a beautiful space for the community. It never happened. The sign at the park has been gone for many years. August 18, 2020, was the 46th anniversary of Edith’s death. It’s also been 45 years since the park was re-named in her memory. My hope is that the community of Highland Park and others will come together to develop Edith Perchman Park into a space that will honor her memory.

the steps

Community Planning Sessions

Hire Park Designer

Hire Contractors/Builders

Hire Landscape Architect 

Consult City/Pull Permits

Begin Construction

Design and Build Signage

why we're doing it

We do not currently have an outdoor community gathering space in Highland Park and haven't, for many years. The city of Highland Park has struggled financially for decades. There has not been any funding available for any community improvement projects. This year, it has become evident how important outdoor spaces are, to deal with life stresses, and allow for groups to gather. There are also no areas in Highland Park that are beautiful, with flowers and other amenities. People enjoy being out in nature. It is good for mental and physical health which will help to improve our entire community. Most importantly, this is for the younger generations and the generations to come. There need to be places that they can go and have fun, in a safe and clean environment. Residents and visitors to our city will benefit in the development of this park and we would be fulfilling the wishes of the family of Edith Perchman.


Disbursed budget 12.16.2021:

6 3’X10’ Poly Banners $720.00

12 18”X24” Lawn signs with wires $180.00

6 36”X48” Cora plastic signs $180.00

1 All-weather permanent sign $180.00


6 Trash picker grabbers $120.00

6 5-gallon buckets $30.00

1 Contractor trash bags $22.00

2 Bulk supply of zip ties $20.00

1 Package of disposable gloves $15.00

Printing notices for canvassing neighborhood $13.80

1 Bundle of yard waste bags $13.00

TOTAL RAISED = $1,540.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $46.20

Original budget:

Park design

Outdoor Memorial Plaque

Kaboom All Access Playground

Land clearing


Gazebo/Shelters w/ rain catchment

Benches and other seating areas

Lighting- solar?

Community WIFI


Basketball Court

Pickleball Court

Community Garden w/ irrigation

Hoop House that could be used for indoor gathering space during off season

Rain Garden

Pollinator Garden


Perennial and Annual Flowers/Shrubs

Walking track


Trash receptacles

Artist installations


Picnic areas with grill space?

Bathroom facility or port-a-potty's

Parking lot

and more.


ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
TOTAL TO RAISE = $51,582

Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.


Perchman Family Update

I cannot thank everyone enough who has already donated to this project. Please continue to share the link with others who may also want to contribute. After weeks of trying to locate any relatives of Edith Perchman, one contact led to one member of the family and from there, I connected to several aunts, cousins, nieces and finally, the last living sibling, the brother of Edith Perchman. It felt surreal. I have shared with several people that this project came out of the blue for me and as I learned more, I felt compelled to do something. It felt like something that I cannot explain was pushing me in this direction and I couldn't let it go. The banner is just the beginning. Cleaning up the park area is just the beginning. Since learning all that I have learned about this horrific incident and speaking to the family, I know that developing this park is going to make a difference. Thank you all for being a part of it!


WXYZ- Channel 7 News Story

Thank you Andrea Isom for reporting on this heartbreaking history and the hope of turning this tragedy into a beautiful memorial park for the family and community to feel proud of. I got chills watching. This has touched her family in such a special way. There is a link to the ioby crowdfunding campaign on the WXYZ page,

3 women hope to develop park in honor of Highland Park girl murdered 46 years ago


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Tamara S.
  • Anonymous
  • Sharon D.
  • Bro. A.
  • Carol R.
  • Alice Bagley
  • Todd S.
  • Tepfirah R.
  • Debra and Bruce Hunt
  • S. Baker
  • Danya S.
  • Rachel Strivelli
  • LAURA H.
  • Sara P.
  • Tammy W.
  • Krystal W.
  • Roderick F.
  • jami j.
  • In honor of parents Harold & Bonnie Mueller
  • Robert & Christine N.
  • Kelly T.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Katie Barnes in memory of my mom Kathleen Sugrue Dwyer
  • Yolonda C
  • Kim S.
  • Sara C.
  • Anonymous
  • From a fellow paper route person back in the day
  • Janet L. K.
  • Melanie B.
  • Sandra N.