The Riley Park to Shiawassee Park Cultural Connection project will connect two of the City's greatest cultural assets- Riley Park (our Downtown Square) with Shiawassee Park (family-friendly regional park surrounded by neighborhoods). Although the parks border one another, a significant rise in elevation blocks movement between the two, with a steep, derelict staircase as the only access. We envision a new connection including a family-friendly pocket park and barrier-free switchback ramp, allowing residents of all abilities to freely access both parks. The new park and ramp will include "art nodes" to allow cultural programming to expand further into the community and to draw residents back and forth between the parks. Riley Park is a premier event space brimming with culture, art, dining, live music, the Farmer's Market and other events. Shiawassee Park is a recreational park with walking paths, playscapes, tennis courts, and ball diamonds. This connection is essential as both parks offer different and complimentary experiences.