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Ground Has Been Broken -- October 9, 2019!

FROG group shovels in the groundCongresswomen Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib join MotorCities Executive Director Shawn Pomaville-Size and representatives from the Fort-Rouge Gateway Coalition (FRoG) put shovels in the ground at the site of what will soon be the Fort Street Bridge Interpretive Park in southwest Detroit.

On October 9, 2019, MotorCities staff and board members joined Congresswomen Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib, our partners in the Fort-Rouge Gateway Coalition (FRoG), and Friends of the Rouge to break ground for the new Fort Street Bridge Interpretive Park, located at the foot of the Fort Street Bridge in southwest Detroit.
 
On March 7, 1932, during the Great Depression, auto workers organized a march from Detroit to the Ford Rouge Factory in Dearborn. Known as the Ford Hunger March, the event is one of the most significant events leading to the creation of the United Auto Workers union.
 
"The historic Fort Street Bridge, central to the march, was decommissioned in 2013, and a new bridge has taken its place," said Shawn Pomaville-Size, MotorCities' executive director. "A group of community partners called the Fort-Rouge Gateway Coaltion have worked to ensure the history of the Hunger March, the significance of the former bridge and its importance to the region would be recognized within this new Fort Street Bridge Park. We see the new park as a first step in transforming a neglected urban space into an experiential gateway that interprets the history of labor, industry and the environment, while creating equitable access to green space."
 
Plans for the park include a sculpture, kayak launch, boardwalk, rain garden, and a walking path symbolizing the renewed health and viability of the Rouge River and regional commitment to the environment.
 
MotorCities National Heritage Area, the University of Michigan-Dearborn, City of Detroit, City of Dearborn, Marathon Petroleum Co. LP, Michigan Department of Transportation, United Auto Workers Local 600, Friends of the Rouge, Friends of the Detroit River, various neighborhood block groups, PEA Inc. and others collaborated to build this park.
 

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 park.

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


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



Click here to view the preliminary site plan

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