Work Officially Underway on Detroit’s Massive Riverfront Park Project
The Detroit Riverwalk was recently named the Best Riverwalk in America by USA Today for the second year in a row. I'm sure the honor will come again next year as well, especially with the West Riverfront Park overhaul that's now in the works.
West Riverfront Park was a 22-acre private park that was closed to the public for more than 100 years until the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy bought the park and opened it in 2014. Well, thanks to a $50 million investment, the park is getting a major facelift.
According to Fox 2 Detroit, the park, which is expected to be completed this year will have an incredible view of the Ambassador Bridge to the south and a view north of the Renaissance Center in Downtown Detroit.
The plan is to connect the Riverfront to Michigan Central Station, Corktown, and Southwest Detroit.
Mayor Mike Duggan:
Twenty years ago nobody would have believed that Detroit's riverfront - with its cement silos and parking lots - would become one of the most beautiful and accessible waterfronts in the country. But through the work of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, city government and countless partners, that's exactly what we have. In just a couple of years, our riverfront will achieve true world-class status when the new Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park opens with its incredible amenities and physical features. Even better is the fact that it will connect to the Joe Louis Greenway, giving residents in neighborhoods across the city direct access to this extraordinary new park. Detroit is so fortunate to have been the beneficiary of this incredible gift from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.