The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a non-motorized trail that starts at the Detroit River and extends to Gratiot Avenue. The Greenway presents a unique opportunity to encourage reinvestment in adjacent properties by re-activating an abandoned rail corridor as a recreational amenity that links the downtown area and the Detroit River, with its parks and RiverWalk, to the Eastern Market District, the University Cultural Center Area, the Midtown Loop, and a number of residential neighborhoods.
Construction of Phase I of the Dequindre Cut Greenway, extending from the River one mile north to Gratiot Avenue, is complete and OPEN!. Funded by MDOT’s Transportation Enhancement Program and the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, this portion of the Greenway sets the template for future phases and includes a 20-foot bituminous path; access ramps for bicyclists, pedestrians and emergency vehicles; landscaping; lighting; signage and security cameras. A portion of the corridor, adjacent to the non-motorized trail, has also been reserved for future public transit. This $3 million Phase I investment is managed and operated by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.
The Dequindre Cut Greenway Phase II – North project begins at the northern terminus of the Phase I at Gratiot Avenue and continues for over one-half mile to Mack Avenue. The Strategic Plan for Phase II provides a design approach and project budget that builds on the lessons learned in Phase I construction. The Strategic Plan goals and priorities, design alternatives, preferred options and implementation strategy were developed with the participation of a Working Committee (see page 1). The Committee included representatives from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (DRFC), Department of Public Works (DPW), Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Eastern Market Corporation (EMC), City of Detroit Department representatives, state agencies including Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other stakeholders.