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Duvernay Park Apartments is located in the historic community of Idlewild, Michigan. We are a Family MSHDA Tax Credit Community with Barrier-free apartments available. Rent & Income limits are set for households whom qualify within low and moderate Tax Credit guidelines. Duvernay Park Apartments is a 24 unit garden style community spread over a large area in Yates Township. Apartments overlook thriving wetlands, unique to the area.
Idlewild, located in rural west central Michigan, holds a special place in the nation's history. Founded in 1912, Idlewild represented freedom for many African Americans, being one of 30 resorts in the country where African Americans were permitted to vacation and purchase property before such discrimination became illegal in 1964. Commonly known as "Black Eden," Idlewild was an active, year-round community through the mid-1960s, frequented by well-known entertainers and professionals from throughout the country.
At its peak it was the most popular resort in the Midwest and as many as 25,000 would come to Idlewild in the height of the summer season to enjoy camping, swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, roller skating and night-time entertainment. When the 1964 Civil Rights Act opened up other resorts to African-Americans, Idlewild's boomtown period subsided but the community continues to be an important place for vacationers and retirees. Idlewild also holds special meaning as a place for younger generations of African-Americans seeking to learn about their heritage.