Fort Street Bridge Park

Detroit, Michigan

Client | Reference
The University of Michigan-Dearborn


Project Team
Sam Lovall, ASLA, PLA
Jeffrey Smith, PLA, LEED AP
Janet Evans, PLA
Kelly Burks, LA Designer

The Fort-Rouge Gateway (FroG) Partnership began as a discussion between local and state-level stakeholders to discuss the potential for a transformative place-making project in the vicinity of the Fort Street Bridge, over the Rouge River, in southwest Detroit.

The Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) plans to construct a new bridge accommodating non-motorized transit options at this location provided impetus for initial meetings. Due to the historical significance of the bridge, related to the 1932 Hunger March and its “bascule” style, and because of its crucial position at the intersection of three proposed or existing greenway systems (the Rouge Gateway Greenway, the Detroit

Greenways, and the Downriver Linked Greenways), this site offers a unique opportunity to achieve a positive regional impact.

PEA assisted FRoG stakeholders to finalize conceptual plans for a pocket park, on MDOT owned property, at the foot of the new bridge. Amenities include a gathering plaza with seating and porous pavement, interpretation of the 1932 Hunger March, an interactive stormwater management demonstration, habitat enhancements, and a kayak launch. Sculptural and interpretive focal points within the plaza are constructed with salvaged materials from the former bridge. Marathon Petroleum Company LP engaged PEA to develop construction documents for a first phase of the project’s development.

Services Provided
Site inventory and analysis, conceptual planning, cost estimating, site plan approval, construction documents and fundraising assistance.

Professional Engineering Associates Inc. | Fort Street Bridge Park