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Garden City
Downtown Development Authority
29213 Ford Road
Garden City, MI. 48135
Office Hours: 10am-3pm, M-F
Office 734.261.2830
Fax 734.261.6604


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Hoarders and Neat Freaks Unite!

Garden City’s 1st Lucky Squirrel Festival will be held on Saturday, May 31st. The Lucky Squirrel Festival will boast a combination craft show, flea market and swap meet in one.

So get busy cleaning out that basement or garage, put your creative gloves on and join us to sell, browse or find that special treasure you can’t live without.

The festival will be held in the Farmers Market lot located at Ford and Middlebelt in the Towne Center Shopping Center area from 10am – 3pm.

Come join us for an adventure filled day of treasure hunting and while you’re in the Downtown area make sure you visit our local retailers.


Vendor Application

It's a De'LIGHT'ful Downtown

The GCDDA is lighting up Garden City again this holiday season. More than 90 trees will twinkle each evening during the holidays with over 18,000 lights, greeting residents and visitors to our De’LIGHT’ful Downtown Garden City. Our star sprays and NEW colorful holiday banners will also be on display. With rave reviews from last year, it is our priority to make this year even better.The lights on Ford Road in Garden City

The elves will be out working diligently these next few weeks to help us transform into a De’LIGHT’ful Downtown. Give them a friendly wave when you see them.

Please join us for the 53rd Annual Santaland Parade with the theme of Santa’s Workshop The parade is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 10am. Additional information on the parade is available at

The Commons Corner at Ford Road and Middlebelt will have a NEW 22 foot Christmas Tree to tower over the festivities at our official tree lighting ceremony to be held on Monday, December 2nd at 6:30pm.

Come join us for cookies, hot cocoa, Christmas Carols and, of course, Santa Claus!

Garden City's 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off

The Garden City Downtown Development Authority will be holding the 6th Annual Chili Cook-off event at the Farmer’s Market lot located at the Town Center shopping center at the northeast corner of Ford and Middlebelt Roads. The chili cook-off will take place from 11:00am until 6:00pm on Saturday, October 12, 2013. Cash prizes will be awarded for the “Best Chili”, “People’s Choice”, “Second Place” and “Best Table Theme”.

We need a couple of things to continue growing this great event! We need Sponsors; this is a great opportunity to get your name out there and showcase your business.

We also need chili. Talk to your neighbors, your friends, get a team together and come on out and show us what you can do. Our Chili Cook Off continually sells out and attracts hundreds of area residents.

In addition to the great chili, we’ll have a hot dog cart, a beer tent, a bake sale, Detroit Mini Donuts, live music, local merchants will set up with their wares plus much, much more!

We’ll have lots of stuff for the kids to do too and there will be wagon rides to transport everyone between the Chili Cook off and the Garden City Fire Station Open House.

The 3rd Annual” Hot Chili and Hot Rods”, car & motorcycle show will have awards in several different car classes.

If you are interested in registering a chili team, sponsorship opportunities, being a vendor, volunteering for the event, or have questions, please contact the Garden City DDA office at 734-261-2830 or e-mail Please visit our downloads page for the applicable forms and additional information.

Seeking Vendors and Volunteers!


The Garden City Farmer and Artisan Market is looking for vendors and volunteers for the 2013 season.

We are under new management this year with the Downtown Development Authority. The Garden City Market has been in existence for several years, but this is the first time the DDA will be managing it and we are very excited to use our knowledge and resources to create a thriving marketplace that will continue to grow each year.

The market is open on Wednesdays from 9am - 2pm. Our season this year will consist of 22 weeks, from June 5th to October 30th. It is located near the intersection of Ford Rd & Middlebelt. This is one of the busiest areas in Wayne County, we see over 60,000 vehicles go through here on a daily basis.

Lots and lots of plans are underway to ensure your success at the market this season:

  • Children’s Activities
  • Entertainment
  • Demonstrations
  • Friends of the Market Program
  • Activities to promote healthy eating/cooking
  • Promoting our senior citizens at the market

Our goal is to make our market a Wednesday destination for our local residents, to provide a place to come together as friends and enjoy the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and locally made crafts.

We are in need of vendors, especially produce vendors. Please consider joining us this year. We would love to have you!

We have decided to slash our seasonal fee drastically, please contact Kim Dold for details at 734-261-2830 or 734-536-0373.

Rules and Regulations

Farmer's Market Applications

DDA Accolades from City Council Presentation

January 7, 2013

Here are a few accomplishments that the Garden City DDA has achieved in 2012, followed by some of the plans we have to make 2013 an equally productive and rewarding year!

2012: Looking Back

  • Hosted the State of the City Address
  • WNIC radio campaign to advertise GC and events
  • Worked with chamber to sponsor farmers market, create new marketing brand, aided interim chamber director and market manager on market day
  • New banners reflecting our current art
  • Executive Director hiring
  • Initiate bi-annual council/DDA joint meetings
  • Attendance at professional conferences to maintain current trends, network, and share ideas include: main street national conference, international council shopping centers-metro Detroit idea exchange, Michigan Economic Development Community development training session, Michigan downtowns association conference, metro- area director forums
  • Hosted the DIA Inside Out program, bringing many visitors to downtown and Garden City
  • 2nd Annual Night of Arts and Stars in collaboration with Garden City Fine Arts and Former Maxwell’s
  • Willy the Pig sculpture debacle & purchase, introduction of first annual Bart-B-Que to celebrate community art
  • Initiated work on electrical drop at farmers market - currently have boundary and topographic survey completed and electrical engineer developing drawings per DTE requirements
  • Streetscape landscape bed facelift with salvaged brick from brick paver removal in
  • Organized the sale of salvaged brick to public in lieu of having brick disposed in landfill
  • Initial planning of street lamp led replacement
  • Face to face visits with downtown businesses for intro to DDA and survey completion to update contact information
  • Chili Cook Off (4 charities, Upc, United Needy, Goodfellows, historical museum each $1,234 donation)
  • Santaland parade committee participation & Santaland event
  • Holiday lighting of 92 street trees along Ford road and Middlebelt
  • Coordination of community tree lighting and ceremony in Commons corner
  • Ongoing monthly economic development meetings
  • Collaboration with planning department on potential business expansions reviewing and expressing needs and ideals reflecting the position and design intent of the downtown
  • Snow removal at Garden Plaza And Town Center for merchants
  • Big Daddy’s Gym leasing assistance through collaboration for the building, planning, and fire department
  • At the end of the year, the DDA area has a 13% vacancy rate many of which are smaller units that need improvement in marketing strategies

2013: Moving Forward

  • Guide Big Daddy tenant through city process to gain certificate of occupancy
  • Provide input to building department regarding improvements on process to reduce time from initiation of application to certificate of occupancy for businesses. If Grand Rapids can have a 10 day turn around so can garden city!
  • Share and communicate regularly with the building and planning department regarding business needs and plan reviews
  • Monitor businesses for compliance of city zoning ordinances and provide update suggestions when the need is apparent
  • Tree trimming along Ford Road
  • Hosting State of the City Address in February
  • Completion of brick paver installation as edging for landscape beds at Commons corner
  • Farmers market management training and possible ownership
  • Move forward with streetlamp replacement and expand retrofits within the district
  • Carefully nurture and respond to needs of McDonald’s expansion planning while maintaining the context of downtown
  • Explore Sears Holdings regarding the sale of former Penske building again
  • Plant harvested daylilies in open areas of the central business district
  • Engage an engineer to create conceptual drawings and estimates for the expansion of streetscape design elements into the gate areas
  • Explore potential SEMCOG grant applications and process for potential 2014 construction of concepts
  • Decommission art installation and engage foundation for a second two-year installation to be placed July 2013 in time for 3rd Annual Arts and Stars
  • Expand events adding a spring dog/pet focused event
  • Explore ways to improve our strong annual events and advertise those events efficiently and effectively
  • Engage a graphic artist to amp up the logos of our successful events and market those events in an efficient way such as social media, radio, and banners
  • Update season banners that are tattered to reflect the positive momentum of our community and downtown
  • Continue to ask “how can we do this” vs. “no, we can’t” because small adjustments and collaboration can make large impacts in our community.

Creating a DeLIGHTful Downtown


The Downtown Development Authority is lighting up Garden City this holiday season. More than 90 trees will twinkle each evening during the holidays with over 18,000 lights, greeting residents and visitors to our De’LIGHT’ful Downtown Garden City. Our star sprays and holiday banners will also be on display. This is just the beginning, in the next few years we hope to expand the lighting throughout the DDA District.

The experts at Panetta’s Landscape Supplies in Westland will be out working hard these next few weeks to help us light up the night, give them a friendly wave when you see them.

With our close proximity to the Lightfest in Edward Hines Park and the thousands of folks who have made driving through there a holiday tradition, we are hoping to create a place for them to go afterward, maybe do some shopping, or have a bite to eat while enjoying our De’LIGHT’ful downtown. With that in mind, you are invited to LIGHT up your business! Dress up your windows, hang some lights. Together, we can make Garden City a holiday destination!

If you’re really ambitious and want to have your display up prior to Thanksgiving, you may want to capture the Rock & Roll Christmas theme of our 52nd Annual Santaland Parade. The parade is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 10am. Additional information on the parade is available at

Please remember to think LOCAL and visit our neighborhood businesses to help with your decorating needs.

The Commons Corner will also be lit up, a 20 foot live Christmas Tree will tower over the festivities at our official tree lighting ceremony to be held on Monday, November 26th at 7pm. Come join us for cookies, hot cocoa, Christmas Carols and, of course, Santa Claus!

Happy Holidays!

Stacey & Kim

Willy Has Come Home!

Via Facebook July 23, 2012
Willy The Pig has come home, having seen the darker side of human nature

Here, in our office window, lies Willy the Pig. She will be resting here as we figure out how to help her get back to her ol' self!

Willy the Garden City Pig

"Stolen Sculpture Appears to Be Hoofin' It Home"

July 17, 2012 Press Release

As of Tuesday, July 17,2012, potential thieves have lead the Garden City Police Department to only pieces of the famed ‘Cochon Rouge’, a.k.a. Willy the Pig sculpture. The base of the missing sculpture was found in a field near Mallard Lake in Green Oak Township along with evidence of the dismantled aluminum casting of the sow. Red fragments of the casting were found along a bike trailhead at Silver Lake Road and McCab Road.

The Garden City PD believes the original culprits ditched the sculpture in that area, satisfying their since of adventure and accomplishment. Further investigation suggests that another party may have come across the severed sculpture, not knowing the sow was hot, and is now adorning someone’s lawn as garden art in the greater Brighton area.

Willy and Friends

The Garden City Downtown Development Authority is leasing the sculpture through the Sauve Foundation whose founder and acting curator resides in the Brighton area. The sculpture is the creation of a Montreal artist. The Garden City DDA is offering a $500 reward for the arrest or conviction of the perpetrator who stole the sought after sow. Those with information should contact the Garden City Police (734-793-1700) or the Garden City Downtown Development Authority (734-261-2830).

Garden City Police Department
6000 Middlebelt Rd
Garden City, MI 48135

Garden City Downtown Development Authority
29213 Ford Road
Garden City, MI 48135

New Events Calendar!


Click here to see the 2013 Events calendar, designed to keep you "in the know" regarding the various events sponsored by the DDA.

Understanding How the DDA Works


For a downloadable pdf explaining more about what the Downtown Development Authority does, please visit our About the DDA page.

Farmer's Market Applications


March 2, 2011

Application forms for the Garden City Farmer's Market are now available on our downloads page.