December 8, 2017 [DETROIT] - The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s robust programming schedule continued well into the fall with several events.

The Conservancy participated in the inaugural “Open Streets Detroit” initiative on September 25 and October 2, which was made possible by Downtown Detroit Partnership and the DTE Foundation. During the program, key streets in Corktown, Downtown and Southwest Detroit were closed to allow for cycling, activities, sports and free play, as well as for pedestrians to support local businesses along the route. The Open Streets concept is a popular initiative that can be found in cities around the world.

The Conservancy’s space in Corktown was one of the most popular and well-visited spots along the route. Visitors were engaged in simulated fishing activities with the Conservancy’s partners from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and emjoyed large-scale versions of games like Jenga and checkers. The familiar Adirondack chairs from the RiverWalk provided visitors a spot to relax while children could hula hoop or participate in arts and crafts.

On October 16, both Detroit and Windsor were alive with more than 29,000 runners and spectators taking to the streets for the Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon. The Conservancy once again set up a 25-mile marker “cheering station” and sound system with a musical play list selected to encourage the runners during the final mile of their race.

The popular Harvestfest Detroit along the colorful Dequindre Cut returned for the second year on October 22. Presented in partnership with Park-It, the fun-filled festival drew more than 5,000 children and their families who were treated to free fall seasonal fun with hayrides, cartoons, movies, prizes, face painting, bounce houses, a pumpkin patch, birding fun with the Audubon Society and— most importantly—a chance to trick-or-treat in a safe and festive environment. Judging from the popularity of the hayride, the Conservancy may add another one next year to keep up with the demand.

Plans are currently underway for more seasonal fun, including sledding on the hill in Milliken State Park. The Programming team is also hard at work to ensure that 2017 offers our visitors an even more engaging, diverse and creative programming roster that will draw additional visitors to our beautiful riverfront in the coming year.