The General Services Department’s Parks & Recreation Division will be undergoing a design and engagement process for Roosevelt Park. The process seeks to understand the adjacent communities' desires for programming and amenities in a newly unified and renovated community park space. The engagement is expected to kick off this fall and run through the new year, with construction to kick off in spring of 2022.
Roosevelt Park sits in the center of a vibrant and culturally diverse Detroit community. In the heart of southwest Detroit’s Hubbard Richard and Corktown Neighborhoods, Roosevelt Park is most well-known as a green space next to the iconic Michigan Central Station. The current park layout supports car traffic but does not provide a public space that serves the community as a welcoming space for all whether on foot, bike or by car. The plans to reroute Vernor Hwy from the park and move it west to 16th street continues to provide the critical connection for car traffic between communities, and also allows for Roosevelt Park to become green space for all to enjoy.
The Detroit Parks and Recreation Division is conducting a survey to gather community input on the future design of Roosevelt Park.
Roosevelt Park Renovation Project Background:
The Greater Corktown Neighborhood Planning Framework, initiated in 2019, included extensive community engagement and recommended a catalytic and unified park. Roosevelt Park will be undergoing a unification that will re-route Vernor Hwy to 16th street by closing the current one-way roads that currently bisect the park. The unification will combine the adjacent parcels into one unified community park space.
The City of Detroit will be closing Vernor Highway through the park on September the 7th, 2021. This will permanently shift traffic connecting communities to 16th Street. 16th Street is currently being petitioned for a name change to Vernor Hwy to reinforce the improvement.
Ford is also working to improve the landscape is in this neighborhood. They are redeveloping the Michigan Central Station, which includes community benefit provisions through the City’s Community Benefit Ordinance (CBO). Ford is investing in affordable housing, workforce development, and other infrastructure improvements. They will be rebuilding the viaduct in Fall 2021, which will result in temporary road closures. The closures are expected to last from September 7th 2021 through late October 2021.
We appreciate your patience during any construction inconveniences, which will result in improved community mobility.