Community leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the West Point Art and Trail Project on the corridor between Saginaw Street and Oakland Avenue in Lansing this morning.
This corridor will be home to a 14-foot tall stainless steel sculpture called "Prosperity," by artist Fritz Olsen. The sculpture will represent a vision of optimism and growth for Saginaw Street and Oakland Avenue. It is planned to be installed by this fall.
The entire project will consist of "Prosperity," a pavilion, a sidewalk on the corridor, a one-mile multi-use trail and gardens surrounding the trail according to Joe Duris, vice president of the Old Oakland Neighborhood Association. .
"What we envision is a connected neighborhood from Saginaw Street all the way to Willow Street with the art and the trail as the real center piece of that project," said Duris.
Duris said there is a master plan to add an additional bike trail on Willow Street.
Those involved with the project include the Saginaw Oakland Commercial Association (SOCA), Westside Neighborhood Association (WNA), and Old Oakland Neighborhood Association (OONA), the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and other organizations.
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