In 1905, the City of Ypsilanti hired Olmsted Brothers, the reknowned landscape architecture firm responsible for New York City's Central Park and the grounds of Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition, to provide a plan for the lands along the Huron River, which runs through the center of the city. Over the following century, pieces of this ambitious plan have fallen into place, including the creation of Riverside, Frog Island, and Peninsular parks, as well as connections and entrances such as the Tridge and the plaza next to the Riverside Arts Center. The B2B Trail also contributes to this vision, and extends the connected river corridor to adjacent communities.

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