Conservancy Receives Numerous Awards In 2014

December 18, 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 recognition received this year:

  • In April, the Conservancy was recognized by the American Planning Association with a prestigious Planning Excellence Award for Implementation. 

  • This summer, the organization was honored by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments with a Regional Ambassador Award for leadership and service. 

  • This fall, the Mt. Elliott Park project received kudos as one of the finalists for the Development/Redevelopment of the Year from ULI Michigan. 

  • In October, the Detroit Riverfront was named one of the 10 Best American Riverfronts by readers of USA Today.  Thank you to all the supporters who voted for the Detroit riverfront.

  • Last month, the Conservancy received the prestigious Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award from The Waterfront Center during a gala in Washington, D.C. 

We know you share in the Conservancy’s tremendous pride in receiving these awards.  Keep telling your friends and family about the Detroit riverfront!

Wheels on the Walk

Wheels on the Walk

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Type : Family/Kids

Bring your family out for a FREE afternoon of art and exercise with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.  Grab your bikes, scooters, rollerblades, strollers or anything with non-motorized wheels and join us for a wheeled family-friendly tour of DIA Inside|Out on the riverfront. Inside|Out is a program through the Detroit Institute of Arts that brings high-quality reproductions of masterpieces from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout the metro Detroit.

Complete the tour and receive a special prize!

  • Wheeled passport tour of DIA Inside|Out
  • Arts & Scraps
  • Environmental workshop with the MDNR Outdoor Adventure Center
  • Live music
  • Chalk Art
  • Raffle Prizes and more!


Event starts at Rivard Plaza  (1340 Atwater St.) Rivard Plaza has limited Free Parking available.
Tour is roughly 1.5 miles.  

Riverfront Canine Club with Canine to Five

Riverfront Canine Club with Canine to Five

Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Event Type : Family/Kids

Canine To Five is proud to announce the return of the Riverfront Canine Club in partnership with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. This weekly walk is an opportunity to bring together Detroit-loving dog owners and to show off the riverfront.

The Riverfront Canine Club is a guided dog-walking group led by Canine to Five staff. The walk starts at Rivard Plaza typically walks to Joe Louis and back again.  It is a super fun way to get your dog some exercise and to meet other nice people and their dogs.

The Riverfront Canine Club meets at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Rivard Plaza and the walk lasts between an hour and a hour and a half.Be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your 4-legged friend! This walks is FREE and all are welcome, if you have a dog or just love dogs! FREE parking is available in the parking lot behind Rivard Plaza.

We look forward to seeing you all Sundays through September.

Winter Antics in the Park

Winter Antics in the Park

Saturday, Feb 15, 2014 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Join the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Michigan Department of Natural Resources,  Special Olympics Michigan and Moosejaw for a FREE day of Winter Antics!

February 15th 11-2PM across from Milliken State Park (1900 Atwater, Detroit, MI 48207)


  • Watch brave Michiganders take the Polar Plunge into the icy Detroit River to support Special Olympics Michigan  
  • Enjoy free winter safety demos by Moosejaw
  • Snowshoe with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources*
  • Warm up with Bonfires & S’mores provided by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy*
  • Play winter games

The Polar Plunge is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Michigan. For more information or to learn how to donate please visit 

*While supplies last.

Free parking is available in Rivard Plaza (1340 Atwater St., Detroit, MI 482078)


Eastern Market "Thanksgiving Market"

Eastern Market "Thanksgiving Market"

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Eastern Market Shed 5

Join Eastern Market as they kick off the holiday season with everyone's favorite Michigan farmers and specialty food vendors. Think of it as a perfect chance to make your meal a little more local and to get a jump on holiday gift giving!