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 for improvement of the Hamilton Dam, which is located along the Flint River in the heart of downtown (near the University of Michigan-Flint campus).
The City of Flint as well as numerous other stakeholder agencies and organizations have been discussing and evaluating needed improvements to the Hamilton Dam for several years. The Hamilton Dam has a long history of service to the City of Flint. In its early days, after it was constructed in 1920, it facilitated milling operations for the region’s logging industry and served as a water source for local industries. Design work for the site’s redesign has started and work will begin on the Hamilton Dam soon.
Other projects outlined in the plan include Chevy Commons and Riverbank Park. Chevy Commons has completed Phase I construction and Riverbank Park is undergoing updates to add a canoe/kayak launch along with making it ADA accessible.
The FRCA’s mission is to see through the implementation of the FRRP by initiating, supporting, and/or sustaining projects in the Flint River Corridor.”