Hartford Memorial Baptist Church hosted a groundbreaking occasion to renovate and rename Luger Park on the town’s northwest facet. The park can be renamed the Dave Bing Group Park to pay tribute to the group dedication and work of former Detroit mayor, Detroit Pistons Corridor of Famer, and entrepreneur Dave Bing, founding father of Bing Metal, Inc. and the Bing Youth Institute, a nonprofit mentoring group for African American boys and younger males.
Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, the place Bing is a member and serves on the Trustee Board, presently owns the park, which was bought from the Metropolis of Detroit in 2014. The church has served the Detroit group for over 100 years.
“We’re proud to rename Luger Park in honor of Dave Bing,” says Pastor Christian Adams. “Dave Bing Group Park is a good instance of the creativity and imaginative and prescient dropped at life when church buildings, companies, and the group work collectively to enhance the standard of life for residents.”
A local of Washington D.C., Bing has referred to as Detroit residence since 1966 when he relocated to the motor metropolis to play for the Detroit Pistons, a 12-year journey. He turned his successful methods from the basketball courtroom to the boardroom because the founding father of an automotive provide company, The Bing Group in 1980, the place he served as President and Chairman till April 2009. Inside a decade, The Bing Group was acknowledged as one of many nation’s high minority-owned companies by Black Enterprise Journal, using greater than 1,100 folks, 80% being Detroit residents.
Answering one more name to serve, Bing determined to run for mayor to assist rebuild a metropolis he has beloved and been part of for greater than 50 years. Proving that the fundamentals of fine efficiency, integrity, and enterprise might be utilized to any space or business, as mayor, Bing introduced a renewed sense of belief and hope to the town of Detroit.
And now as founder and chairman of the Bing Youth Institute, which he based in 2014 with the first objective of offering one-on-one mentoring to African American boys in grades 7-12, Bing continues to present again to the town in perhaps his Most worthy contribution thus far: empowering younger boys and serving to them to rework into accountable younger males who give again to their communities.
“In all of the awards and recognition, I’ve acquired through the years there may be none better than to be acknowledged by the residents of the town I’ve referred to as residence for practically six a long time,” says Bing. “This park could bear my identify, however it belongs to the residents of Detroit.”
Renovation plans embrace upgrading the 2 current basketball courts, sponsored by the Detroit Pistons; set up of two new tennis courts, partnering with the US Tennis Affiliation; a strolling monitor for all ages, greenspace, playscapes, a pavilion, and extra! The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of the park is anticipated to happen in late fall 2022.