Property: Valley Court Park East Lansing

Marking the southern edge of the Oakwood Historic District, Valley Court Park sits at the base of a steep hill that separates it from East Lansing’s Oakwood Neighborhood. The elevation change can be navigated at the entrance along Oakhill Avenue, via the newly painted rainbow steps.

The west end of the park is anchored by the brick clad East Lansing Substation (above), which was preserved and relocated it in order to accommodate new construction at the corner of Grand River and Hillcrest. The substation is detailed with limestone accents, plus copper eavestroughs and a cupola exhibiting the extreme patina of age. A raised platform at the east side of the building serves as a stage for performances and a backdrop for movies shown during the city’s summer programs.

While the park features traditional basketball goals, tennis courts and playground equipment, those with more contemporary tastes will appreciate the colorful, modern band stand that caps the rows of booths at the Sunday farmers market. This tensile structure provides shelter for the weekly market’s musical talents. The end of October marks the last week of the market, so visitors who have waited to patronize its vendors should plan an outing this weekend.

“Eye candy of the Week” is our weekly look at some of the nicer properties in Lansing. It rotates each with Eyesore of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail or call Berl Schwartz at 999-5061.