Downriver Cruise set for June 30; despite construction
By Laura Clark and Megan Kruger
The show must — and will — go on.
The 13th annual Cruisin’ Downriver runs from 10 a.m. to dusk June 30 despite construction on Fort Street.
The route runs between Outer Drive and Sibley Road through Lincoln Park, Southgate, Wyandotte and Riverview.
Although much of the construction is focused in Southgate, Sandy Mull, president of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber, said it will not interfere with the cruise in the city.
“There will be no construction on Fort Street in Southgate the weekend of the cruise,” she said. “The streets will be swept on Friday and two outside lanes in each direction will be open.”
Mull expects the turnout might be down a bit from past years due to the construction. However, she is hopeful numbers will still be close to past years, when as many as 25,000 cars lined Fort Street and 500,000 people showed up for the cruise.
“It’s a really popular community event, and people really enjoy it,” she said.
Because the construction begins just north of Goddard Road, almost the entire length of Fort in Lincoln Park is construction-free.
“We’re hoping people will drive on our part of Fort Street because it’s in really good shape,” Lincoln Park Mayor Patricia Diaz Krause said. “Lincoln Park always has lines of cars lining Fort Street. We’re really looking forward to that again this year. There are a lot of activities going on in our city. We’re hoping for a big turnout.”
At the cruise’s southern end, the city of Riverview will host an All-American Fishing Derby for children 16 and younger from 9 to 11 a.m. at Young Patriots Park, 14260 Sibley Road, just west of Fort.
WOMC-FM (104.3) will be broadcasting from three locations along the cruise.
The weekend festivities kick off Thursday with the third annual Cruisin’ Downriver Kickoff Car Show from 4 to 8 p.m. in the city-owned parking lot outside the Yack Recreation Center and Chase bank, Eureka Road at Third Street, in downtown Wyandotte.
The car entry fee is $20 and spectators are admitted free. Register through the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber. Its website is swcrc.com and its telephone number is 1-734-284-6000.
Four trophies will be presented, with judging beginning at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced on WOMC.
The chamber also will host a ’50s Cruisin’ Downriver Kickoff Party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Yack and there will be a best “Grease” character contest. Admission is $5 for chamber members and $15 for nonmembers.
, visit cruisindownriver.comisit cruisindownriver.com for more information about the cruise.
Last Updated: 6/21/2012 1:35:32 PM EST