The newest public space, the Southwest Greenway, in Detroit is now open for business. The most recent project finished for the Unified Greenway Campaign, a paved route linking the Detroit Riverfront, Michigan Central, and the Joe Louis Greenway.
The $8 million Southwest Greenway trail connects the riverfront and Detroit’s surrounding neighbourhoods, making the greenway visible and convenient for locals and visitors. It extends from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park on West Jefferson to Bagley Street.
According to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in the news release, the city anticipates that the Southwest Greenway, which connects directly to Ralph Wilson Centennial Park, will grow to be one of the most well-liked sections of the 27.5-mile Joe Louis Greenway trail.
In a press release, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy chairman and Unified Greenway Campaign architect Matt Cullen said, “The grand opening of the Southwest Greenway is the perfect occasion to celebrate the tremendous progress of the Unified Greenway Campaign, which will complete and sustain the Detroit Riverfront and Joe Louis Greenway for generations.”
The campaign’s early success, made possible by our financing partners, along with the City of Detroit’s pledge of continuous support, according to Cullen, “it is historic for our community and is nationally significant in the development of urban public spaces.”
Funding the Southwest Greenway trail in Detroit
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the City of Detroit, the Joe Louis Greenway Partnership, and numerous donors are working together on the campaign to raise $350 million for the completion of the Detroit Riverfront, the building of the Joe Louis Greenway, and the maintenance of both projects once they are completed.
The campaign announced an additional $70 million in funding during the Southwest Greenway grand opening celebration on Wednesday.
According to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the $70 million in contributions brings the campaign’s funding to a $229 million total in less than two years, making it one of the most successful efforts in the nation.