DETROIT (FOX 2) - Work begins Monday on a massive construction project at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.
The Detroit Historical Society will break ground on the first part of a four-phase, $4.9 million outdoor enhancement project.
Upgrades include a riverwalk and observation telescope, an event patio and a memorial garden, which will feature the anchor from the Edmond Fitzgerald. The freighter sank in 1975 and was immortalized by Gordon Lightfoot's song, will be highlighted in a Lost Mariners Memorial.
Phase one will be completed in November. The museum will remain open in the interim.
Other phases are expected to be completed by 2021, including a riverfront trail and a landscape that would approximate the natural setting of Belle Isle before it became a park.
The Historical Society has raised $1.9 million and seeks support for the rest of the project.
The Associated Press contributed to this report