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Alton C. Parker Park
Two year old William Sexton touches statue of his grandfather Det. Alton C. Parker. Photo courtesy of the Windsor Star, August 28, 1997
  Alton C. Parker was Canada’s first African Canadian Police Detective (see People – Law) An annual summer highlight was Uncle Al’s Kids’ Parties, held at Broadhead Park (see Celebrations). In 1976 Broadhead Park was officially renamed Alton C. Parker Park. The 1.39 acre park located at Broadhead St and Howard Ave. The Alton C. Parker Foundation placed a statue of a policeman holding the hand of a child in tribute to Detective Parker and his commitment to Windsor’s youth. The inscription reads, “A lot of people talk about doing something for these kids. I don’t just talk. I want to do it”
Fred Thomas Park
Fred Thomas Park  photo by H.Soulliere
  Fred Thomas has been an honouree in the Essex County Sports Hall of Fame since 1981. He was inducted into the Afro-American Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1981 Glengarry Court was renamed Fred Thomas Park in his honour. The 4.15 acre area was redeveloped in the 1960’s.
Wigle Park
Wigle Park  photo by H.Soulliere
  Wigle Park was the first official park in Windsor. It holds a special place in the hearts and memories of many current and former neighbourhood residents. This park at the corner of Erie and Mercer Streets once featured a large sports stadium with grandstand. Baseball games and horse races once drew large crowds to the site. The African Canadian Community Centre restored the stone caron in the park. Wigle park is now the site of the annual McDougall Street Neighbourhood Reunion.

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