Dequindre Cut Grand Opening Celebration

Dequindre Cut Grand Opening Celebration

Apr 29, 2016 - 2:00pm to Apr 30, 2016 - 3:00pm
Event Type : Festivals
Dequindre Cut - Image by Ken Cobb (copyrighted)

The Link Detroit Greenway/Dequindre Cut Extension Grand Opening celebration will be a festive, community-focused event that features something for everyone.  Guests will find a colorful, engaging atmosphere featuring entertainment, food trucks, hands-on activities and other surprises. 

A half-hour formal program on Friday will allow representatives from those companies and organizations integral to the project to offer brief comments and to participate in a ceremonial ribbon cutting. 

Saturday’s celebration will feature a very short program and a day of entertainment and activities.  The public will be invited to attend both days, but most of the activities will take place on Saturday.

Link Detroit - Ribbon Cutting Press Conference & Celebration

Date: Friday, April 29th    Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

Location: Wilkins Street Plaza/Dequindre Cut Extension


Link Detroit - Community Grand Opening Celebration

Date: Saturday, April 30thTime: Early a.m. activities & 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location: Wilkins Street Plaza/Dequindre Cut Extension


Link Detroit is a multi-modal project to enhance and connect existing greenways.  The project creates an accessible network of routes for cyclists and pedestrians between major destinations like Eastern Market, Hamtramck, Midtown, the Dequindre Cut and the Detroit Riverfront. 

The projects include: the extension of the Dequindre Cut from Gratiot to Mack Avenue; additional bike lanes from the end of the Dequindre Cut to Hamtramck; bridge improvements over the Dequindre Cut; additional bike lanes and a Midtown Loop path connection from Eastern Market to Midtown; and also bike lanes and streetscape enhancements on Russell Street in Eastern Market. The project is another demonstration of how collaboration can produce enhancements to improve the community environment.

Detroit East Riverfront Framework Plan Community Meeting

Detroit East Riverfront Framework Plan Community Meeting

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The first public meeting for East Riverfront Framework Plan will take place on April 12th, 2016 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at the Outdoor Adventure Center, which is located at 1801 Atwater Street in Detroit. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and the City of Detroit Planning Department will be working with Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)  to develop a comprehensive plan that will lead to new investment and development within the East Riverfront District.

Before the plan is completed in August, five community meetings will provide the public with the opportunity to engage in the planning process. This meeting is open to the public however space is limited. Please register if you plan to attend. For questions, contact Ritchie Harrison by email

We hope you can be engaged for this once-in-a-generation opportunity to project the future development of the East Riverfront district in the City of Detroit. 

Click to Register 

Green Day at Gabriel Richard Park - Rain Barrels, Birding and more!

Green Day at Gabriel Richard Park - Rain Barrels, Birding and more!

Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 - 9:45am to 2:00pm
Event Type : Family/Kids

Join the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, The Sierra Club, Detroit Audubon Society and Green Living Science for a fun-filled day of environmental activities! The day will kick off with a rain barrel workshop at 10 AM where participants can learn about the benefits of rain barrels and how to make their own rain barrel. After the workshop stick around for some activities with Green Living Science regarding recycling in Detroit, and then at 12:15 we’ll be hosting a birding workshop with the Detroit Audubon Society, showing off the new spotting scopes in Gabriel Richard Park and helping visitors learn more about water fowl on the Detroit River.

For details on how to purchase a rain barrel, click here.

Schedule of events -

Rain Barrel Workshop with MI Rain Barrel and Sierra Club - 9:45- 11:15

Join the Sierra Club and MI Rain Barrel in a Rain Barrel making workshop. Rain Barrels connect to your homes downspout and you can use the water collected for gardening, watering your lawn or washing cars. Participants are eligible for a free rain barrel by apply at the link click here.

Recycling Workshop with Green Living Science - 11:15- Noon

 Residents have the opportunity to attend a recycling workshop hosted by Green Living Science or Zero Waste Detroit, to learn about the new curbside recycling program in the city and how to practice the 3 R’s - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

For attending the workshop residents will receive a FREE RECYCLING CART!

We will cover the $25 one-time fee to start practicing recycling in your home.

*Must be a single family home or up to 4 units for eligibility in Detroit.

Spring Birding 101 with the Detroit Audubon Society - 12:15- 1PM

Learn about the birds migrating along the Detroit River and join us in playing a short migration game, bird watching along the RiverWalk, and talking about volunteer opportunities to help migrating birds survive the long trek! 



Dequindre Cut Community Clean up!

Dequindre Cut Community Clean up!

Saturday, Apr 02, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Type : Family/Kids

Come volunteer with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy as we spruce up the Dequindre Cut!

A windy and rainy winter has left us with lots of sprucing up to do and we need your help! 

On Saturday, April 2nd the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is hosting a community clean up of the Dequindre Cut including the new North extension. This will be an opportunity for a sneak peak before the grand opening in late April (details for that event will be available soon).

Volunteers are asked to register at the link below and meet for check-in at the Dequindre Cut entrances at Woodbridge, Gratiot and Wilkins Street for registration and directions. Please dress for the occasion. We will provide gloves and trash bags as well as snacks and water.

We'll be hosting the clean up from 10:00-4:00 PM, we ask volunteers to arrive anytime from 10:00-2:00 pm and feel free to volunteer for as long as you'd like. 

Parking: Free secure parking will be available at Rivard Plaza and the lot at the top of the Gratiot street entrance to the cut. 
Questions? Contact our volunteer manager Renee Rodriguez at or call 313.566.8207. 

Click to Register! 

Interested in being a conservancy volunteer? Click here