The partners of the $21 million Link Detroit project cut a ceremonial ribbon at the new Wilkins Street Plaza on the Dequindre Cut Greenway April 29 to celebrate the completion of the $21 million Greenway project.
Link Detroit is a multi-modal enhancement plan put forth by the city of Detroit to enhance and connect existing greenway projects. The completed project now serves as a linchpin in 20 miles of connected urban greenways extending from the Detroit Riverfront to Eastern Market, linking to the cultural institutions of Midtown and beyond to Hamtramck via walking and biking paths.
“The Link Detroit Greenway is the recreational infrastructure that provides better quality of life and opportunities for Detroiters. And, it will attract people to our city, especially young people who are choosing cities and places to work based on the amenities around them. This greenway makes Detroit a special place to live and work and play,” said Rodrick Miller, president & CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC).
In 2012, in partnership with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Detroit’s Department of Public Works secured a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Additional funding came from a mix of different city, state and private sources as well as support from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the McGregor Fund, the Kresge Foundation and other members of the philanthropic community.
The City of Detroit Department of Public Works took the lead on the Link Detroit project, with support from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), DEGC, Midtown Detroit Inc., Eastern Market Corporation and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (DRFC).
A community celebration was held April 30 along the new section of the Greenway and the Wilkins Street Plaza featuring music, entertainment, food trucks, Greening of Detroit garden tours and other activities.
Associate Project Manager