Detroit's Mayor Bing and officials from the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan cut the ribbon to officially open the trail on May 14th, 2009.
The Dequindre Cut is a 1.2 mile rail-trail that connects the Detroit waterfront to several residential and commercial areas. This project converted an abandoned, derelict railroad corridor into a greenway, preserving the right-of-way for transportation use and creating a valuable amenity for the city and for travelers. A $2 million federal TE award in 2004 leveraged a local match of over half a million dollars to construct the first segment of the trail. The full right-of-way is over four miles long, and an extension to the first segment is already under construction.