December 17, 2014

Gabriel Richard Park

Construction Project : Gabriel Richard Park

The just-completed winding concrete walkway and a 38-spot parking lot will provide easier access to Gabriel Richard Park for spring visitors. During the fall, dramatic ground-level lighting was installed at the popular brick labyrinth. Construction of the new restroom facility,...

December 17, 2014

Chene Park - East & West

Construction Project : Chene Park—East/West Parcels

During the last several months, contractors successfully completed the restoration of the seawall, installed underground utilities and poured concrete for walkways and planters at parcels east and west of Chene Park.  The iconic stainless steel RiverWalk railing, benches and waste...

December 17, 2014

Dequindre Cut — North

Construction Project : Dequindre Cut - North

Significant progress on the half-mile extension of the Dequindre Cut has been made this fall.  All restoration work at the Division and Adelaide street bridges is complete and the Alfred Street bridge has been demolished. New structural supports for the Wilkins Street bridge are...

December 17, 2014

The Outdoor Adventure Center

Construction Project : DNR Adventure Center

Exhibit crews continue to work inside the historic Globe Building as it transforms into the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Outdoor Adventure Center.  Over the last several months, workers have been making significant progress on the center’s three-story waterfall and...

December 16, 2014

Conservancy Salutes Two Long-time Board Members

December 16, 2014 [DETROIT] - One of the key factors in the ongoing success the Conservancy has enjoyed over the last 10 years is the strength of its Board of Directors, representing a diverse mix of business, community and public sector leaders from throughout Metro Detroit.  This...

December 16, 2014

Conservancy Receives Numerous Awards In 2014

December 16, 2014 [DETROIT] - This year was a banner year for the Conservancy in terms of receiving accolades for its successful riverfront revitalization efforts, with the organization receiving awards at a local, regional, national and even international level.  Among the...

December 16, 2014

Riviere28 Collaborations Raise Funds And Help Reach New Audiences

December 16, 2014 [DETROIT] - With its mission to bring attention to the Conservancy while raising critical funds to support the organization, Riviere28 presented its annual signature summer events—Light Up the Riverfront and Soiree on the Greenway—which drew more than 700 attendees...

December 16, 2014

Successful Programming Initiatives Contribute to Busy Year

December 16, 2014 [DETROIT]- Special events, family-friendly and environmental programming, health and wellness programs and arts and cultural initiatives all combined to make the riverfront a vibrant and active world-class gathering place this year.  In addition to recurring...


November 12, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Receives International Honors For RiverWalk Project

November 12, 2014 [DETROIT] - The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy was recognized on a global scale by The Waterfront Center in Washington, D.C. during the 2014 Excellence on the Waterfront Awards last week, receiving a Project Honor Award for the Detroit RiverWalk.  “The Detroit...

November 5, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Seeks Operator For Popular Riverfront Cafe

November 5, 2014 - [DETROIT] The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is seeking proposals for a vendor to run the operations of its RiverWalk Cafe, which is located at Rivard Plaza, a popular east riverfront destination that features a carousel, bike shop, boat tours, restrooms and other...


October 14, 2014

Shimmer Raises Significant Funds for the Conservancy

October 14, 2014 [DETROIT] - “Hot Havana Nights” made for one very cool event as the Conservancy welcomed more than 500 attendees to its fifth annual fundraising gala, Shimmer on the River.  Perhaps best of all, the event raised more than $165,000 for the Conservancy. Highlights of...

October 14, 2014

Support the Conservancy by Shopping

October 14, 2014 [DETROIT] - Shimmer on the River is just one of the ways in which people can support the Conservancy. The Conservancy’s “Shop, Sell, Search, Support” program allows individuals to support the Conservancy by frequenting some of Metro Detroit’s most popular grocery...

October 14, 2014

Conservancy Celebrates Grand Opening of West RiverWalk

October 15, 2014 [DETROIT]- The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy celebrated the official grand opening of the West RiverWalk on October 4 with an afternoon featuring live entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden and family activities. Entertainment was as eclectic as it was...


September 17, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy CFO To Participate In Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI

September 17, 2014 [DETROIT] – The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy announced today that Chief Financial Officer William Smith will participate in the Detroit Regional Chamber’s latest Leadership Detroit class, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge...

September 12, 2014

Conservancy Honors General Motors With Shimmer Award

September 12, 2014 [Detroit] - Each year at Shimmer on the River, the Shimmer Award is presented to a company or an individual demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to the revitalization of Detroit’s riverfront.  Since its debut in 2012, the honoree list may not be lengthy, but...

September 12, 2014

Tooles Sponsors VIP Reception At Shimmer On The River

September 12, 2014 [DETROIT]-  Damon Tooles, President and CEO of Tooles Contracting Group, prides himself on his company’s commitment to the community. Established in 2002, the company has shown that it takes its commitment to being a good corporate citizen seriously, supporting...

September 12, 2014

Strategic Staffing Solutions and Other Companies Provide Valuable Support

September 12, 2014 [Detroit] - Each year, the generosity of sponsors is integral to the success of Shimmer on the River.  For the fifth year in a row, Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is supporting Shimmer on the River as Presenting Sponsor.  This sponsorship provides an...


August 4, 2014

Fourth Annual “Reading & Rhythm On The Riverfront” Summertime Literacy Program

Michigan Chronicle (July 7, 2014): On Thursday, July 10, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy in partnership with the General Motors Foundation kicks off the fourth annual Reading & Rhythm on the Riverfront(R3).  This interactive and family-orientated summer program promotes...

August 4, 2014

Alicia Smith Reads to Hundreds of Children at Detroit’s Riverfront

WXYZ (August 1, 2014): Our very own Alicia Smith was invited to Reading and Rhythm on the Riverfront where she had the privilege of reading to dozens of children right along the Detroit River... Read More

August 4, 2014

Gabriel Richard Park Will Be the Next Riverfront Makeover

Curbed (July 29, 2014): As if opening a splash park and extending the RiverWalk weren't big enough achievements for one summer, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is preparing for construction at Gabriel Richard Park. For the unfamiliar, it's the blur of green and trees visible as...