Remake of Mt. Elliott Park to kick off final development of Detroit RiverWalk
|Release Date: July 23, 2012|
The announcements included the awarding of $15 million from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the nonprofit agency that builds, maintains, and operates the Detroit RiverWalk.
He added, "We are getting our river back, folks."
And Faye Alexander Nelson, president and CEO of the nonprofit Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, said at the news conference at Mt. Elliott Park on the riverfront, "We are marching toward the finish line."
At Gabriel Richard Park just east of the MacArthur Bridge to Belle Isle, a new parking lot and new walking paths will help open up access between Jefferson Avenue and the river. The park will also get lighting enhancements throughout.
Meanwhile, the conservancy will also build two small pieces of the RiverWalk on either side of the existing Chene Park so visitors to the RiverWalk will not have to detour to Atwater Street.
The conservancy was created in 2003 to build and operate the RiverWalk, with major funding from the Kresge Foundation and General Motors, among others. Since then, it has completed about 80% of the RiverWalk between Hart Plaza and Belle Isle.
Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, which will administer the federal grant money for the RiverWalk, set an even bigger goal at today's announcement. Noting that plans are under way to build the Snyder-backed New International Trade Crossing bridge about two miles downriver from the Ambassador, Steudle said the RiverWalk eventually could extend from "bridge to bridge to bridge."