DETROIT (WJBK) - Officials unveiled a new park coming later this summer in southwest Detroit. The Fort Street Bridge Park will be adjacent to the newly constructed Fort Street Bridge. It will also remember the 1932 Ford Hunger March and honor the history of the heavily industrialized area.
It was a violent, bloody day in Detroit at the 1932 Ford Hunger March. Workers were demanding better wages, and some got shot and killed by police.
"It stood for about 80 years, but unfortunately the bridge had to be torn down and with that, a piece of that history. Today, we're sort of rededicating not only that history in the bridge itself, but the bridge is open for traffic," says Brian Yopp. He's helping to launch the new park.
Sixteen different organizations are coming together to make the new park a success.
The so-called "pocket park" is a small one to start that will eventually extend into the waterways with kayaking. It's on the west side of the bridge, at Oakwood.