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The Red Wings Foundation partner with Detroit Parks & Recreation and ‘Summer in the City’ to transform exterior of Jack Adams Memorial Arena

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced a partnership with the City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Department and ‘Summer in the City’ to transform Jack Adams Memorial Arena and Adams Butzel Recreation Complex by painting large-scale, hockey-themed murals on the exterior of the building measuring more than 300 feet long and 18 feet high.

The Red Wings are encouraging fans and the local community to vote online for their favorite of seven mural design options at www.DetroitRedWings.com/MuralVote. All designs were created by Olympia Entertainment and local graphic artists.

The design with the most votes when the polls close on Friday, Aug. 5 at 5:00 p.m., will be painted on Jack Adams Memorial Arena on Friday, Aug. 12, by a team of community members and volunteers associated with ‘Summer in the City’ during the non-profit’s annual “Finale Friday” celebration. Red Wings fans and the local community are invited to participate in the “Finale Friday” activities, which include youth enrichment programming, mural painting, park beautification of the Adams Butzel Recreation Complex and a barbecue. Those interested in participating in the “Finale Friday” activities must preregister at finale@summerinthecity.com.

"The Detroit Red Wings Foundation is proud to support ‘Summer in the City's’ efforts to beautify the City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Department's public indoor ice rink – Jack Adams Memorial Arena," said Kevin Brown, Director of Community Relations & Detroit Red Wings Foundation. "We’re excited to provide our fans and local community an opportunity to weigh-in and be part of a public art project. This commitment to Detroit further delivers on the Foundation's mission to champion unique opportunities promoting the growth of hockey throughout our community."

Jack Adams Memorial Arena opened in 1981 as a premier ice skating and hockey venue within the City of Detroit and is currently the city’s only indoor, public rink. The arena is named after former Detroit Red Wings head coach and general manager Jack Adams, who is the only person to have won the Stanley Cup as a player, coach and general manager. Operated by the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department, Jack Adams Memorial Arena hosts in-house leagues and introduction to hockey programs for children ages 3-12. Additionally, the Little Caesars 2003 hockey team, part of the Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club, practices out of Jack Adams Memorial Arena.

About Summer in the City:

Summer in the City strives to improve and expand community service in Metro Detroit. By bringing a diverse group of young people together to invest their energy in Detroit, Summer in the City programs address the immediate needs of city neighborhoods and foster a regional mindset. Celebrating its 15th season, Summer in the City was founded to change the way young people volunteer in Detroit and the impact their work has on the city and region. The organization's work is concentrated in the summer months, when they make it “Fun, Flexible and Fulfilling” to “Paint, Plant and Play” by creating murals, building and supporting urban gardens, and running youth enrichment programs. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit summerinthecity.com.

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