MotorCities National Heritage Area

The Fort Rouge Gateway (FRoG) Partnership is soliciting proposals for the sculpture centerpiece for the new park.  Read the full Request for Qualifications prior to proceding to the on-line submission form.

Please note that there is a mandatory pre-submission meeting to view salvaged parts from the original Fort St. Bridge. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 20 at 12:30 PM EST the the Ford Rouge Factory facility.  See map

Submission are accepted via this web portal only.  No emailed, postal or in-person delivery submissions will be accepted.

Submissions must be received by Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., EST.

Contact Brian Yopp, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 313-259-3425, with any questions about the submission process.


Read a recent Detroit Free Press article about the park efforts.

On March 7, 1932 workers organized to march from Detroit to the Ford Rouge Factory in Dearborn.  This event became known as the Ford Hunger March and became one of the most significant activities in labor relations.  The march laid the foundation for the formation for the United Auto Workers in 1935.

The Fort Street Bridge, central to the march, stood for 90 years until it was decommissioned in 2013.

A group of community partners gathered to insure that the history of the Hunger March, bridge and region would be recognized by interpretive elements at the site of the new bridge.

The Fort Rouge Gateway Project, or FRoG, is a partnership of 16 entities covering private enterprise, non-profit, local government and education. They have joined forces to create a “pocket park” and historical commemorative site in southwest Detroit in the shadow of the newly erected Fort Street Bridge.

Partners include the MotorCities National Heritage Area, University of Michigan-Dearborn, city of Detroit, city of Dearborn, Marathon Petroleum Co. LP, Michigan Department of Transportation, United Auto Workers Local 600 and others.

Enjoy this video on the plans for the new park space.

Click here to view the preliminary site plan

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