Joe Louis Greenway

The Joe Louis Greenway is a 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.


Named after legendary boxer and Detroiter, the Joe Louis Greenway is a proposed 27.5-mile pathway for walkers, joggers, and cyclists.  It will connect to existing paths like the Dequindre Cut and the RiverWalk, and provide a safe loop around the city. The greenway will also connect neighborhoods and the cities of Dearborn, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. The Joe Louis Greenway will provide community spaces and outdoor activities for all Detroiters.


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.