Conceptual designs for Milliken State Park expansion

The Detroit News ran a recent article on a $25,000 grant they gave to the DNRE. This grant is seed funding for developing another phase of Milliken State Park on the RiverWalk.

Mayor Dave Bing being accepted the grant this morning for the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor from Coca-Cola, the American Parks Foundation and the National Park Foundation as a part of the “America is Your Park” campaign. The Detroit Pistons were also represented at the event.

The plan includes redeveloping the Globe Building, a former automotive manufacturing facility across the street from the park, to construct 17,000-square-foot play area. It will include a rock climbing wall, playscape, obstacle course and a state-of-the-art archery range.

“One of the most important pieces of real estate we have in Detroit is our waterfront,” Bing said. “This riverfront is going to be a great attraction for a long time, not only for those who visit us, but for those of us who live in the city and around the city to come downtown. I feel real good about where we’re going downtown, but our communities are just as important.”

This DNRE plan is only for a portion of the Globe Building with the remainder being developed by a private developer. The playground would be both indoors and out.

The DNRE has developed a couple conceptual designs for the Globe Building. The DNRE has submitted a grant request to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to help turn this plan into reality.

These concepts would certainly add tremendous value to the Detroit RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut greenways.

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2 Responses to “Conceptual designs for Milliken State Park expansion”

  1. Hannah Says:

    First, this looks like an AWESOME addition to the riverfront. Good place for some year round recreation. Second, does this mean someone will take the “lofts coming soon!” signs off the side of the building now?

  2. Todd Scott Says:

    The lofts could be coming too. Private developers are looking at how the building will be developed and the DNRE would only use a portion of the building.

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