Detroit Riverfront Conservancy



The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Inc. was formed as a 501 (c) (3) with the mission of developing access on the Detroit International Riverfront. The entire vision is 5 ½ miles of Riverfront property, from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just east of the Belle Isle Bridge, and will include the construction of a continuous RiverWalk along with plazas, pavilions and green spaces.

The non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy was formed in 2003 with the mission of bringing public access to Detroit's Riverfront and serving as a catalyst for economic development in the city. The ultimate vision is to develop five and a half miles of riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge to just east of the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge.

Thanks to the strength of our public and private partnership, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy celebrates the successful completion of three miles of development on the east Riverfront, including pavilions, plazas, parks and green space, all connected by the ever popular RiverWalk. Already it is becoming an extension of Detroiters' backyards and a not-to-be-missed destination for visitors.

Detroit's East Riverfront is three and a half miles of Riverfront extending from Joe Louis Arena to Gabriel Richard Park, just beyond the MacArthur (Belle Isle) bridge. In June 2007, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy celebrated the first significant opening of new public space on the Detroit International Riverfront since its inception. More than 75 percent of the East Riverfront is complete and open to the public, including more than two and a half miles of RiverWalk and two of the four planned plazas and pavilions.

The Dequindre Cut Greenway, an urban recreational path, officially opened to the public in May of 2009. The 1.35-mile greenway, developed through a public, nonprofit and private partnership, offers a pedestrian link between the Riverfront, Eastern Market and many of the residential neighborhoods in between.

Don't forget to check out the Rivard Plaza & Pavilion amenities where you'll find the RiverWalk Café, the one-of-a-kind Cullen Family Carousel, Boll Family Water Feature and the new KaBOOM! riverfront playscape, are officially open for the warm-weather season!

Also new to the Riverfront, the Public Art Program of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy celebrates the city's unique historic, cultural, natural and human character by inspiring a vibrant and compelling experience, open and accessible to all. Through the selection and installation of public art works of the highest merit, we endeavor to use the power of the art in educating, challenging and engaging a richly diverse community and creating a world-class destination that fosters civic pride.

The Detroit Riverfront also offers family friendly activities. Check out the listings right here on WJRExploresMichigan to preview these exciting events and experience all that your local Detroit Riverfront has to offer!

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Detroit, MI 48243

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