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Funding goals have been reached for Phase One of the Dequindre Cut Greenway. This phase will convert one mile of an abandoned rail corridor just east of downtown into a non-motorized greenway linking the Riverfront and Tricentennial State Park to Eastern Market. When it was in service the corridor provided cargo access to riverfront industries. It is now overgrown and ominous but holds enormous potential to contribute to the revitalization of downtown.

When construction is complete there will be a parkway setting within the Cut, recessed 20-25 feet from the noise of the city and landscaped with both native and ornamental species along its edges. The new greenway will provide a continuous, 20-foot-wide bituminous path for walking, running, biking and in-line skating along one side of the rail corridor. The other side will be planted with grass in anticipation of possible future use as a transit corridor. ADA-compliant access ramps will be installed at Lafayette Street and Gratiot Avenue. Lights, security cameras, and signage are also part of this project phase.

The Cut presents one of the most exciting and unique opportunities within the urban fabric of Detroit to create a green link between points inland and the splendor of the Detroit River. Funding commitments for the entire $3.5 million development budget have been secured from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s GreenWays Initiative, Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and will be complete by Spring 2006.

Source: http://www.downtownpartnership.org/ddp/new...r_Insider_3.htm

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