Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Michigan Central to Offer Update on Southwest Greenway

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Michigan Central are giving the community a preview of the new Southwest Greenway, a non-motorized paved trail now under construction from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park on West Jefferson Avenue to Bagley Street and the Michigan Central project.
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The Southwest Greenway is expected to be open for people to use later this winter. // Courtesy of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
The Southwest Greenway is expected to be open for people to use later this winter. // Rendering Courtesy of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Michigan Central are giving the community a preview of the new Southwest Greenway, a non-motorized paved trail now under construction from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park on West Jefferson Avenue to Bagley Street and the Michigan Central project.

“The Southwest Greenway will make it really easy for residents of Mexicantown, Corktown, and southwest Detroit to get to the riverfront,” says Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. “People are excited about this, and the preview will be a great moment to see what the greenway will look like when it is completed. We are thrilled to partner with Michigan Central on this project and excited to hear their updates.”

The preview will take place from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 16. outside the Bagley Mobility Hub at the Southwest Greenway trailhead at 2209 Bagley St. in Detroit. Representatives from the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Michigan Central will provide brief remarks at 5 p.m.

An update also will be given on the transformation of the Michigan Central site as well as various opportunities and programs underway for community members to continue their participation in the projects.

The conservancy and its partners broke ground on the almost mile-long, $8 million Southwest Greenway project in April. It is expected to be open in late winter, with a grand opening celebration planned in the spring.

Michigan Central has committed $5 million to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy for the Southwest Greenway.

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