Project Overview

In 2011, the Blue Water Young Professionals began preparations for the Black River Walk project. Along with community partners, the BWYP developed a vision and long-term plan to shape, enhance and breathe new life into the riverfront along the Black River. The Black River Walk project is broadly described as a public spaces plan for “creative placemaking” through the development of a ten block stretch of land along the Black River, redefining this space as a destination.

Phase I of the project wrapped up in 2014, with final installation of maritime-themed bike racks and benches completed in time for a ribbon cutting ceremony on September 27, 2014. It features six bike racks, six benches and 32 painted picnic tables.

Phase II of the Black River Walk Project is currently in the planning stages. In partnership with the City of Port Huron Recreation Department, the BWYP was awarded a $45,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources Recreation Passport program, a $5,000 donation from the Community Foundation of St. Clair County, and an additional $10,000 from the City of Port Huron to continue work on the Black River Walk. Planned improvements include trail heads, gathering areas, and signage. 

The BWYPs also worked with community partners to install a public pavilion with two fire pit seating areas and grilles for cookouts. This project was completed at the end of summer 2016, and is available for group reservations by contacting the River Street Marina. 

In 2017 & 2018, the BWYPs are partnering with the City of Port Huron and the SC4 Arts program to design and install two 56 foot murals in the 7th Street underpass tunnel. This project is currently in the design phases, but will feature art designed by local students, and tiles created as a part of the SC4 Clay and a Concert series, a program for local 5th grade students.

Black River Walk Phase I Map

Thank you to our donors and designers!

Beach Glass Bench

Designers: Andrea Ide and Emma Williams

Sailboat Bike Rack

Talmer Bank & Trust

Designer: Travis Dundas

Anchor & Sails Bike Rack

Nancy and Gary Klemmer, Donna Niester and Aspire Michigan Foundation

Designers: Jordan Bailey and Jaivan Caldwell

Sailboat Bike Rack

Port Huron Business Association, Talmer Bank & Trust

Designer: Travis Dundas

Sailboat Bench

City of Port Huron

Designers: Sarah and Debbie Zuccaro

Life Saver Bench

Kiwanis Club of the Blue Water Area, "Tennis Brought Us Together. Friendship Keeps Us Together"

Designers: Andrea Ide and Emma Williams

Ships Wheel Bench

Family Dentists, PLLC

Designer: Amanda Maul

Anchor Bike Rack

Talmer Bank & Trust

Designer: Stephen Borwoy

Bridge Bench

Port Huron Garden Club, Casey's Pizza & Sub Shop

Designers: Sarah and Debbie Zuccaro

Wave Bench and Bike Rack

Designer: Steve Bloink

Freighter Bench

The Baribeau Family

Designer: Tyler Wiedemann

Lighthouse Bike Rack

St. Clair County

Designer: Joe Nash