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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 DetroitersĆ
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The Joe Louis Greenway Advisory Council is comprised of volunteers that promote the Joe Louis Greenway in their Detroit City Council District. Members share information about the project, help advertise public meetings, and share resources. Meetings are held once a month.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please email [email protected]. Include "Advisory Council" and your Council District in the subject line.
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.
To those of you that provided input during the Framework Plan - thank you! We learned from residents how important it is that they be involved in the design of the path through their own neighborhoods.
We are excited to announce the first phase of construction. The first three miles of the greenway are located on a former railway at Warren Avenue to Fullerton Avenue (see map). 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.
We anticipate construction to start spring of 2021.
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Construction of the full 31.5 miles of the Joe Louis Greenway will be a lengthy process, which will take multiple years to complete.
The idea for the Joe Louis Greenway has been more than 15 years in the making, with partners ranging from community leaders to nonprofits, such as
During his lifetime, Joe Louis possessed a profound spirit of determination and strength in the face of tremendous adversity. He worked tirelessly to advocate for the rights of African Americans and the advancement of equity and social justice in the United States.
As a cultural icon, Joe Louis represents power, equity and racial unity. We will strive to create this Greenway in his honor.
Our wish for this greenway is to bring new possibilities of empowerment and equity—driven by you—to the neighborhoods that intersect with and surround it. We want this project to be a reflection and celebration of our incredible city and its people.
Questions from Phase 1, Design Meeting 2, August 13, 2020
Joe Louis Greenway, Phase 1, Design Meeting 2, Presentation
Joe Louis Greenway, Phase 1, Design Meeting 1, Presentation
Joe Louis Greenway, Phase 1, Design Meeting 2 Flyer: Virtual Meeting October 29, 6PM
Joe Louis Greenway Final Presentation
English Presentation Updated