With its four-season appeal, the Detroit riverfront remains a beautiful and welcoming place for visitors anxious to enjoy the majesty of wintertime in the City.

In addition to completing routine year-end and cold-weather shut-down procedures, the Conservancy’s Operations team has installed the RiverWalk’s winter decorations, which include Six-foot Fraser fir wreaths and planters that are filled with winter plantings of Western Cedar, Incense Cedar, Red Twig Dogwood sticks, natural pine cones and Red Canella berries. Fraser fir boughs create a lush evergreen carpet in our flowerbeds and will provide a beautiful contrast of colors when the snow arrives. The Cullen Family Carousel has been lighted and shimmers against the Detroit River with its ever-changing wintertime hues of blue and green.

Despite a year in which it seemed more people than ever before visited the Detroit riverfront, the Conservancy’s Security team ensured that 2013 was a safe and secure one along the RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut.

The Security team directly attributes that success to again working collaboratively in a true public/private partnership with all law enforcement agencies – including the Detroit Police Department, Homeland Security, the U. S. Coast Guard, Michigan State Police, Wayne County Sheriff, the U. S. Border Patrol and General Motors and Renaissance Center security – to ensure that the riverfront remained safe and secure for all to enjoy.