$20 Million Recreation Path Project Launches in Detroit

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The $20-million Link Detroit project — which will result in continuous paths connecting downtown Detroit, Midtown, Eastern Market, and Hamtramck — is now under way and is scheduled for completion next year.

The project, financed with a $10-million federal transportation grant, which was matched by local and philanthropic money, is supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation, state of Michigan, Detroit Department of Public Works, Detroit Economic Growth Corp., Eastern Market Corp., Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Midtown Inc., and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.

“Any extension of the current running or biking routes or paths is great for the city and great for the residents of Midtown and downtown,” says Scott Simons, who moved downtown from Southfield two years ago. “The more variety of routes that residents have, the more attractive the city becomes to others.”

Simons’ regular, five-mile running route takes him from Woodward Avenue near Comerica Park to the RiverWalk, Dequindre Cut, Eastern Market, and then home. He’s recovering from surgery, but once Simons resumes training, he would like a biking path at least twice his running route.

Link Detroit is hosting a community event as their vision of 20 miles of connected walking and biking paths in the city gets off the ground. Festivities celebrating the project’s construction are scheduled for Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at Eastern Market Lot 1, which is adjacent to Shed 2. The event will include brief remarks, music, and refreshments. In case of bad weather, the revelers will head to Shed 3. There is no charge to attend, and the public is invited.

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