Gateway Park Improvements Begin
Improvements to Gateway Park, which stretches from Riverside Drive to University Avenue and then University Avenue to Wyandotte Street, begin Monday, June 27, 2022.
Among the upgrades to come are:
A fully-accessible asphalt recreational multi-use trail and access ramps
Park signage, trailhead signage, wayfinding signage and Global Positioning System (GPS) location signage
Modern park benches, garbage and recycling containers
Gateway Park is a linear park beginning at 1271 Riverside Drive and runs nearly 1 kilometre south to Wyandotte Street, divided only by University Avenue. It is between 50 to 70 metres wide and bordered on each side by a thick overgrowth of diverse plants and trees. A row of Japanese cherry blossoms, donated in 2002 by the Consulate-General of Japan’s Sakura Project as a symbol of international friendship, lines a narrow foot trail in the centre of the park.
The park will be closed during construction, and the full revitalization is expected to be completed by fall of 2022, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Sakura Project.
“Last November, we reached an historic agreement with the Detroit River Tunnel Company to operate and maintain Gateway Park. We have already made substantial progress with site clean-up and now, the beginning of ground work to create a more accessible, safe, and enjoyable experience for residents visiting the park. I’m proud of our $700,000 commitment and look forward to continuing to revitalize and enhance green spaces throughout Windsor.”
– Mayor Drew Dilkens