The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a two-mile urban recreational path that offers a pedestrian link between the East Riverfront, Eastern Market and several residential neighborhoods in between. Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Dequindre Cut is a predominately below-street level greenway, well-known for its examples of urban artwork and graffiti. The greenway features a 20-foot-wide paved pathway, which includes separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
Also along this stretch, the Wilkins Street Plaza with its soaring canopy, bike racks and a variety of seating options, provides a place for pedestrians to take a break while visiting the Dequindre Cut. Entrance ramps to the Cut are located at Atwater Street, Franklin Street, Woodbridge Street, Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, Wilkins Street and Mack Avenue.
Belle Isle Park is a 2.5-mile-long, 982-acre island park and urban oasis, located in the international waters of the Detroit River. Affectionately named the “Jewel of Detroit”, Belle Isle has significant natural, architectural, and cultural resources. Almost one third of the island is a natural wooded area that is home to a wide variety of small animals and birds. The park features a number of historic public landmarks including the Belle Isle Aquarium, Belle Isle Casino, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and the James Scott Memorial Fountain.
The first phase of the Detroit waterfront transformation project, three-and-a-half miles of the east riverfront, spans from Joe Louis Arena to Gabriel Richard Park and is more than 80 percent complete. The completed portions of the east riverfront are popular for people to walk, run, bike and spend time with family and friends. Attractions along the east riverfront include parks, plazas, pavilions, pathways and open green space, all connected by the ever popular RiverWalk.