Garden City Marks 56th Running of Santaland Parade

The 2016 Downtown Garden City Santaland Parade was held on Saturday, November 26. The 2016 parade was the 56th running of the event. Hundreds of parade visitors lined the parade route beginning at Garden City High School and traveling south on Middlebelt, to Ford Road and ending  up at the Downtown Development Authority events area in the Kroger parking lot. The Grand Marshall for this year’s parade was Garden City’s Nolan Finley, Detroit News Editorial Page Editor. Finley graduated from Garden City East High School in 1973.

See photos from the parade

cover2016 Trunk of Treat More Successful Than Previous Year

If you thought the 2015 Garden City Trunk or Treat was a big deal, then you should have been at the 2016 version. There was more costumes, more and kids and a lot more families than last year. The event, cosponsored by the Garden City DDA and the GCBA, was expected to draw about 2,000 people – the same as last year. Instead, the count was estimated at between 2,500 and 3,000 participants. Everyone had a great time and there was plenty of candy and fun for the kids.

See photos from the 2016 Trunk or Treat

The Garden City Moose Won First Place in the Amateur Category

The Chili Cook Off Announces the Winners

Winners of the 2016 Chili Cook Off:


First Place – Grindstone Smokehouse
Second Place – Jon’s Goodtime Bar & Grill
Third Place – Leons Family Restaurant
Peoples Choice -Grindstone Smokehouse
Table Theme -Jon’s Goodtime Bar & Grill


First Place – GC Moose
Second Place – GC Goodfellows
Third Place – GC Over Thirty Hockey
Peoples Choice – GC Kiwanis
Table Theme – Drunken Trio

A huge thank you to everyone! This event can’t be successful without our sponsors, volunteers, chili cookers, vendors, judges, and all of the great people who choose to come out and support it! Our super Police and Fire Departments were on hand all day to insure our safety and even cooked some chili! We sincerely hope you all had an awesome day and plan on coming back next year. Mark your calendars – second Saturday in October!

2017- Schedule of Regular DDA Board Meetings

The regular meeting of Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 8:30 am, has been cancelled.

Tuesday February 21, 2017 6:00pm

Tuesday March 21, 2017 8:30am

Tuesday April 18, 2017 6:00pm

Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:30am

Tuesday June 20, 2017 6:00pm

Tuesday July 18, 2017 8:30am

Tuesday August 15, 2017 6:00pm

Tuesday September 19, 2017 8:30am

Tuesday October 17, 2017 6:00pm

Tuesday November 21, 2017 8:30am

Tuesday December 19, 2017 6:00pm

What We Do

The mission of the Garden City Downtown Development Authority is to enhance the quality of life for Garden City residents through revitalization of the downtown district.

The DDA’s operating philosophy is built upon the principle that strengthening a core area benefits the entire community, improving property values not only in the core district, but throughout the community.

This is done by promoting economic growth, encouraging expansion of commercial enterprises in the downtown district, and by eliminating the causes of deterioration.

We also work with business leaders and community organizations to sponsor events in the downtown district such as the annual Chili Cookoff, Lucky Squirrel Festival, Willie the Pig Road Rally, and the Santaland Parade.

These events help draw city residents downtown and foster a sense of community.