Ever wanted to take a peaceful stroll along a pave path and visit all the cultural and public places in a community? Here’s your chance to make that desire a reality.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation have announced a crowdfunding campaign that will support the creation of a wayfinding path through the Grandmont Rosedale community.

The path, called the NeighborWay, will “connect the dots” and link together existing points of interest like parks, gardens, and public art installations. The project will include enhancing three of these sites by transforming them into community hubs.


The five-mile route will inspire locals and visitors to discover the history and culture of the Grandmont Rosedale community. It will be designated by frequent mile markers and will connect a series of green infrastructure installations, neighborhoods parks, flower gardens, and the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $15,000 by May 20, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

To donate to the Connecting the Dots with the NeighborWay campaign, visit www.Patronicity.com/NeighborWay.

“Public Spaces Community Places is a great tool to help raise funding for community projects,” said MEDC Community Development Director Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to be able to direct resources and partner in efforts like this to increase recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.”

The Grandmont Rosedale Corporation has engaged with community members and volunteers to generate ideas for the NeighborWay’s three community hubs. The designs reflect the visions, aspirations, and history of the people who live or volunteer next to each site. Each hub will orient visitors to the NeighborWay and feature elements that encourage exploration.

“Connecting a community in an interactive way gives residents and visitors a renewed appreciation for the area,” said MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer. “Creative approaches to placemaking such as the NeighborWay project is what makes Michigan cities and towns unique and memorable.”

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