Joe Louis Greenway

The Joe Louis Greenway is a recreational pathway that will unify Detroit’s neighborhoods, people and parks. Through this greenway, we strive to honor Joe Louis by providing equitable spaces through arts, programming, and economic opportunities for all.

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The 27.5-mile greenway  will connect parks and neighborhoods across the city, allowing residents to travel safely from McNichols to the riverfront—all without a car—through a combination of new trails, on-street protected bike lanes and links to existing trails like the Dequindre Cut and the RiverWalk. The greenway includes the cities of Dearborn, Hamtramck, and Highland Park, linking them to larger trail systems that crisscross the entire state as well as pass-through five council districts.  

For more information, you can read the Framework Plan. 


See Interactive Map of JLG Route Phases






Upcoming Public Meetings 

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Phase 1 Construction Update


JLG Construction Notice - Images and Titles Only


Construction work along Phase One of the Joe Louis Greenway (JLG) began in early September 2021. Following site clearing work performed last spring by Detroit Grounds Crew, general contractor Major Cement has removed from the former Conrail property from Warren northward to Joy Avenue:

  • more than 6,500 CY of mixed debris – 450+ tandem trucks worth!
  • more than 2,500 CY of chipped wood materials
  • hundreds of scrap tires
  • hundreds of tons of remnant concrete and steel

In the past month, the contractor has worked around weather, holidays and COVID to continue work in advance of mass earthwork operations planned for the spring. Activities included:

  • laying of greenway underdrain pipes
  • installation of stormwater structures and concrete pipe
  • select improvements for electrical and fiber optic utility infrastructure
  • construction of nearly 2000 LF of retaining walls

In the coming months, residents and local businesses can expect to see

  • roadway improvements along Tireman and Joy Avenues, between Greenlawn and Alpine
  • sidewalk widening and curb replacement
  • improved crosswalks, speed tables, crossing beacons, and accessible ramps
  • mass grading activities, including hauling and spreading of topsoil
  • select areas of new welded wire / metal panel fencing

The contractor is working with the City to keep residents and local businesses aware of construction progress and planned activities.


Phase 1 Design and Groundbreaking


City officials, joined by federal, state, local, and community leaders, launched the first phase of construction on the Joe Louis Greenway in May 2021. Land clearing started in Spring of 2021 and construction began in Fall of 2021. First phase of construction will transform and beautify one mile of a former Conrail railway line from Warren Avenue to Joy Road, in the neighborhoods of Midwest and Barton-McFarland.

Before Photo (Tireman Land clearing) and After Photo (Phase 1 Eye-Level View)
Phase 1 Before and After (Warren to Joy)


Phase 1 will include separate paths for slow and fast users (such as walkers and cyclists) and will provide safe street crossings and neighborhood connections.  Not only will this phase include walking and bike paths, it will also include a new park at Warren Avenue with a playground, fitness equipment, and a pavilion.

Before Photo (Warren Yard Before)  and After Photo (Phase 1 Warren Yard_Ground Level)

Warren Yard Before and After
Joe Louis


The City of Detroit was awarded a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation which funded the Framework Plan for the Joe Louis Greenway. The Framework Plan finalized the route of the greenway, which was largely based on feedback from residents.  In addition to the route, the Framework includes recommendations for future land use, signage, green infrastructure, and public art. 


JLG Citizen Advisory Council

The Citizen Advisory Council (“CAC”) is comprised of eight community members—one individual from of the five Detroit Council Districts connected by the greenway, as well as representatives from Hamtramck, Highland Park, and Dearborn. These community leaders were selected based on their advocacy in the community and deep connections to other residents, as well as their interest in non-motorized transportation and green space.


JLG Advisory Council


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APPLY TO BE A STEWARD OF THE JOE LOUIS GREENWAY. Stewards share information about the project, help advertise public meetings, attend community events, and share resources. 

If you are interested in becoming a steward, please email [email protected] with your contact information and interest.