Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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38 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Detroit's Milliken G. State Park and Harbor was previously an industrial waterfront brownfield site underlain with contaminated soil and abandoned infrastructure, which included concrete shipping docks, railroad turntables and underground utilities. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this is Michigan's first state park in an urban setting. Nested within a larger riverfront network of pedestrian access and event venues, lowland park's 6.1 acres, the second phase of the 31-acre park, is part of a long-term economic strategy to catalyze capital investment in mixed-use redevelopment on the surrounding properties and is another piece of the puzzle that is helping to define the dramatic transformation of Detroit's riverfront. Currently, the park helps generate a projected $5.82 million annually in economic activity from visitor spending and is expected to generate $152.3 million in multi-family residential development within the site's watershed. Connecting the Park to the East RiverWalk The lowland park connects 3.5 miles of the Detroit East RiverWalk to the southern trailhead of the 1.4 mile-long Dequindre Cut trail. The trail extends from the river north to the popular Eastern Market and Midtown residential districts. This connection plays a key role in enhancing nonmotorized circulation and providing linkages to existing and proposed trail networks in the city. The park also provides recreational access along the urban riverfront for residents and 39,000 downtown employees. Concrete hardscapes and stainless steel cable railing provide over 500 feet of riverfront fishing accessibility, as well as biking, wildlife viewing and observing the frequent ocean-going vessels on the international river. The park's 450 trees and shrubs on the once largely Above Seems hard to believe, but according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this is Michigan's first state park in an urban setting. The landscape creates native habitat for 62 confirmed species of migratory and resident birds, which were not present on the previous brownfield, including Virginia rails, red-winged blackbirds, swamp sparrows and marsh wrens, as well as bullfrogs, green frogs and painted turtles. (Continued on page 40) Project Team Client: Michigan Department of Natural Resources Landscape Architect: SmithGroupJJR Cultural Resources Investigations: Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. Geotechnical Investigation and Construction Testing: NTH Consultants, Ltd. Brownfield Environmental Consultin: MACTEC Engineering and Consulting Electrical Engineering: Applied Power and Controls General Contractor: Anglin Civil Constructors Irrigation Contractor: Weatherain Subcontractors Bridges: Asphalt Paving: T & M Asphalt Paving Concrete: Barthel Contracting Electrical: Rauhorn Electrical Landscaping: W. H. Canon Manufacturers Lighting: Beta Lighting Pond Liner: CETCO Lining Technologies Rails and Interpretive Structures: Future Fabricating

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