The Hamtramck Parks Conservancy (HPC) was formed in 2020 under the Hamtramck Recreation District Advisory Group. The HPC is tasked with revitalizing Veterans Park, Play Fair, and is responsible for the upkeep of the park’s operations. As the HPC gets off the ground, they searched an individual to join the HPC Board of Directors as a Community Representative.
On January 12, based off the recommendation from the interviews committee, the HPC unanimously voted Jason Eddleston of Sterling Services LTD to be their Community Representative on the board. The person they desired was someone with extensive professional experience with “significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, academic or the nonprofit sector” and “a commitment to and understanding Hamtramck.”
Eddleston has both, leading multiple businesses including three in the city of Hamtramck, as well as multiple philanthropic ventures with the cities park and recreation department. He owns two real estate companies that have bought, renovated, and rented to residents of Hamtramck. He was heavily involved in donating to the revitalization of Veterans Park, Pope Park, Sarah Gellar Memorial Park, Salam Peace Park.
“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as a board member of the Hamtramck Park Conservatory, also known as HPC,” Eddleston said. “I will partake in growing and upgrading the amenities and facilities for the residents of Hamtramck and greater community. Through my prior experience spearheading the Hamtramck Recycling Commission independent stability, I am confident I will help lead the HPC to new heights!”
Outside of the multiple businesses he owns in Hamtramck, his love of the city began as a high school football player, coming to Keyworth Stadium and enjoying the experience. Now, 26 years later, he will be a partner in the revitalization of the stadium and district.
He was instrumental in setting up the cities recycling program as he served on the Hamtramck Recycling Commission for seven years prior to the permanent bins being placed in town. The commission was tasked with setting up the school system and cities recycling program, keeping it funded, operational, and staffed while they worked with the city for the permanent solution. He also assists the city with the Clean Sweep initiative over the past five years, donating resources and cleaning supplies to the cause.
Eddleston was directly involved with keeping Hamtramck Disneyland as an art installation. He strongly believes in the Public Private Partnerships and when the two work together, the people are the ones that benefit the most. He worked with Hatch Art and the city to formulate a deal that saw himself, with the owner of Amicci’s Pizza, join forces to loan Hatch the money to rehabilitate the structure and create a revenue stream through on-site apartments with one going to an Hatch Art fellowship recipient.
Eddleston lives by a creed, which is to help others be their best. Through his philanthropic gestures, he has made a difference in the lives of the residents, restoring the beauty many in Hamtramck know and love. Which leads to one of the final, ideal qualifications, “a passion for improving the lives of Hamtramck residents.” His passion to continue this work through the HPC is evident and the city, the board, and the residents are getting a community representative that will work tirelessly towards the revitalization of Hamtramck.