Funds for the redesigns of Windsor Avenue Parkette were received from Casino Windsor (now Caesars Windsor) to provide for increased pedestrian use. A series of gradual undulations in the lawn, growing from south to north, symbolize the direction water once flowed from small creeks to the Detroit River. A low-rise wall fronting on Riverside Drive integrates the lawn with shallow stairs and a ramp. Wind sail banners fronting on Riverside Drive mark events and special occasions important to Windsor. Sidewalks bordering the east and west lawn connect the Civic Green to the other sections of the Civic Esplanade. New light standards, accent lawn lighting, new trees and plants contribute to the new image. The name Civic Green reflects the heritage of town greens, which recalled the centre of small communities.
Tower of Freedom
Located in the Civic Green is a monument to the Underground Railroad created by sculptor Ed Dwight. The sculpture, Tower of Freedom, was dedicated October 20, 2001, the year of Detroit’s tri-centennial. It is a two-piece monument with one piece located in Detroit and the other in Windsor.