Flint Riverfront Restoration Project

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The Flint Riverfront Restoration Plan was originally created in 2010 to develop a vision to transform the Flint Riverfront from a neglected resource into a healthy and vibrant community asset. The vision calls for the rejuvenation of the river and riverfront through the creation of water-based recreational opportunities, park improvements, underutilized property redevelopment, enhanced community connectivity, ecosystem restoration and improved stormwater/flood control.

The key driver for the development of the Flint River Restoration Plan is the need to improve the Hamilton Dam, located along the Flint River in the heart of downtown (near the University of Michigan-Flint campus).

The City of Flint and other stakeholder organizations have been evaluating needed improvements to the Hamilton Dam for several years. The Hamilton Dam has a long history of service to the City of Flint. Constructed in 1920, it facilitated milling operations for the region’s logging industry and served as a water source for local industries.

Work on the Flint Riverfront Restoration Project has already begun. The final phase of Chevy Commons work is expected to be completed in 2021. Construction at the Swartz Creek Confluence site will occur during 2021 and in-river work and renovations to Riverbank Park are expected to begin in 2022.

Upcoming construction phases for the Flint River Restoration Plan


Full extents of Flint River Restoration Project


Chevy Commons phases – Phase 5 construction will be completed mid 2021

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Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad
For-Mar Nature Reserve & Arboretum
For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum
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Wolverine Campground
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