The boom of Detroit’s turn-around and all of the transformations is nothing new to Detroit and Michigan residents alike. You can flip on your tv or scroll through your social media feed, and see what Mayor Duggan, Dan Gilbert, and the like have started doing for the city. But, it seems like a big part of Detroit is being left out.
On Detroit’s Southwest side, there are plans to renovate and expand Riverside Park, which has been closed since 2012 because of contaminated soil. It is currently the only riverfront park west of the Ambassador Bridge. Funded by the Ambassador Bridge Company, up to $5 million will be going towards the park and new amenities including baseball and soccer fields, a new playscape, boat launches, and more. The Morouns will also deed to the city additional acreage for the park by 2018. The city of Detroit will also be adding in additional acreage, bringing the park to 25 acres total.
Bill Shea of Crain’s Detroit wrote:
The deal, which is to go to the City Council within a week for approval, was announced by Duggan and Matthew Moroun, son of Matty Moroun, at an event in Riverside Park…
We are excited to see the development of Detroit make its way west and cannot wait to see the redeveloped park when it is completed.
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