Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park Officially Breaks Ground

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Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park has officially broken ground. Officials from the city of Detroit and around the state, including Mayor Mike Duggan, attended this special event. Located along Detroit’s west riverfront, this 22-acre park is in memory of local entrepreneur, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

The new park will transform this underutilized site into a regional recreational destination. The park will include a water garden, amphitheater, sledding hills, landscaped pathways, covered
basketball facilities, a park administration and restroom facility, Great Lakes themed play garden, active recreation facilities, picnic shelters, and a children’s water play garden. The construction of
Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park will add another world-class recreation destination to the 2021 and 2022 USA Today’s Best Riverwalk.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park Model

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy teamed up with New York-based landscape architect firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA) to develop design and construction documents for the new park. PEA Group assisted MVVA in providing civil engineering, permitting assistance, and surveying services for the project. Construction for the park is expected to be completed in 2024.

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Detroit Office Director