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.






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 detailed information, you can read our award-winning Framework Plan. See links to Volume 1, Volume 2, and the Appendices below:

  • One Unified Detroit
  • Routing and Alignment 
  • Inclusive Economic Opportunity
  • Culture & The Arts 
  • Greenway Design
  • Building the Greenway
  • Greenway Design
  • Design Details
  • Furnishings & Amenities
  • Landscape Design
  • Identity Design
  • Environmental Mitigation & Sustainability 
  • Implementation & Operations
  • Setting Up the Framework
  • Community-Driven Process
  • Public Art Themes
  • The Life of Joe Louis