The Detroit Police Athletic League is a non-profit organization that provides inner city youths between the ages of 4 to 19 with an opportunity to learn through athletics, and develop the confidence and motivation to achieve excellence in life. PAL's athletics programming includes baseball, basketball, cheer, football, golf, soccer, softball, T-ball, track & field, and volleyball. Approximately two years ago Detroit PAL strategically aligned with The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy (OTSC) who's mission is to promote the sustainable redevelopment of the Old Tiger Stadium Site and revitalize the Corktown district of Detroit (corner of Michigan & Trumbull). Pendulum was selected to redevelop the historic Tiger Stadium site into a place for local youth to receive health and wellness training from the Detroit Police Athletic League.
This site in particular was the subject of major debate because the original stadium was demolished years ago. The only remnant of history left on site was the playing field surface itself and the flagpole that still stood in the field of play just inside the outfield wall. Pendulum worked to establish the required Detroit PAL program which ultimately ended up being a 22k square foot headquarters with a second floor banquet facility, youth locker rooms, and a flexible artificial turf playing field. Aside from the project being the first major redevelopment in the Corktown community since the rapid decline of the city of Detroit during the 2007 economic downturn, this project represents an incredible exercise in community support for the advancement of inner city youth. The former Detroit PAL headquarters was located only five blocks north of the redevelopment site. This state of the art facility has legitimately put Detroit PAL on the map as a major player in the philanthropic community.