Jointly pursuing funding for two of Detroit’s centerpiece projects — one that will stretch into neighboring cities — ties back to everything that the city, the Detroit Regional CEO Group, Detroit City Council and others have been trying to do all these years to bring a transformational outcome to the entire Detroit community, he said.
“This is the project that I think is going do that,” Cullen said.
While collaborating on fundraising, the two nonprofits will each have distinct operational roles.
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy will continue to operate, secure, staff, program and maintain its green spaces, including Cullen Plaza, the Detroit Riverwalk, Robert C. Valade Park, Mt. Elliott Park, Gabriel Richard Park, Dequindre Cut, Southwest Greenway, and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park.
The Joe Louis Greenway Partnership will coordinate with the city to support the operations, maintenance, programming, community engagement and volunteer opportunities for the greenway.
For its part, the city will lead the planning, design, construction and operations of the Joe Louis Greenway and work with the Joe Louis Greenway Partnership to operate and maintain the greenway.
“Between our beautiful riverfront and the new Joe Louis Greenway, we are creating a world-class recreational asset for all Detroiters,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, in a release. “This new partnership will help keep it beautiful for generations to come.”
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