June 17, 2014

Gabriel Richard Park

Gabriel Richard Park will receive additional enhancements this summer, including lighting at the existing labyrinth, the installation of an environmentally friendly 36-spot parking lot, a colored concrete walkway that connects visitors from Jefferson Avenue to the RiverWalk and an...

June 17, 2014

Chene Park—East/West Parcels

Work to parcels east and west of Chene Park this year will bring the Conservancy closer to its ultimate goal of a continuous 3.5 miles of east riverfront, which are accessible, beautiful and engaging for visitors and connected via the popular RiverWalk. At the former Holcim property...

June 17, 2014

GM River Days Returns This Weekend

For many Metro Detroiters, GM River Days presented by Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort is the unofficial kickoff to summer.  Don’t miss the popular three-day festival this weekend, June 20-22. This year’s national music acts include: Friday, June 20 (BIKE NIGHT) - John Kay &...

June 17, 2014

Mt. Elliott Park Opens with a Splash

Since its opening on June 6, the completely transformed Mt. Elliott Park has become one of the most popular destinations along the Detroit riverfront.  More than 200 guests celebrated the grand opening of the park on June 6.  Following brief remarks from various dignitaries involved...

June 6, 2014

Get ready to splash, play in Detroit RiverWalk's newest park

Detroit Free Press (June 5, 2014): Get ready for surprise and delight on the riverfront. The transformed Mt. Elliott Park on the Detroit RiverWalk opens to the public Friday, and the space once used mainly by a few fishermen has been transformed into a kid-friendly whirl of splash...


May 20, 2014

Major RiverWalk developments to debut this summer

Model D (May 20, 2014):The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is preparing to unfurl a number of Detroit RiverWalk extensions and attractions this summer. The group is working toward extending the RiverWalk from “bridge to bridge,” or from the McArthur Bridge, which connects Belle Isle...

May 13, 2014

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Announce Details of a New Partnership to Promote Physical Fitness and Healthy Living

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Announce Details of a New Partnership to Promote Physical Fitness and Healthy Living Blue Cross supports new program with $1 million pledge to health and wellness on the riverfront   DETROIT, May 2, 2014 --...


April 8, 2014

1801 West Jefferson

Construction Project : 1801 West Jefferson

A 30-foot-extra-wide RiverWalk perfect for biking, jogging and fishing will welcome visitors this spring as the Conservancy prepares to open the first phase of the west riverfront at 1801 West Jefferson.  Three 20-foot-wide pathways leading to the riverfront will provide the...

April 8, 2014

Outdoor Adventure and Discovery Center

Construction Project : DNR Adventure Center

External and internal work on the historic Globe Building continues as crews transform the structure into the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Adventure and Discovery Center.  When the 43,000-square-foot Center opens late this summer, it will feature a variety of...

April 8, 2014

Chene Park—East/West Parcels

Construction Project : Chene Park—East/West Parcels

Significant enhancements to parcels east and west of Chene Park will be ready for the public to enjoy this fall. The former Watermark property to the west of Chene Park will feature a curved colored concrete walkway that leads to stainless steel marine railings along the riverfront...

April 8, 2014

Gabriel Richard Park

Construction Project : Gabriel Richard Park

One of the riverfront’s most family-friendly spots and a prime fishing location, the 23-acre Gabriel Richard Park will become more accessible with the addition of an environmentally friendly 36-space parking lot and a colored concrete walkway that connects the community north of...

April 8, 2014

Mt. Elliott Park

Construction Project : Mt. Elliott Park

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on a completely transformed Mt. Elliott Park in preparation for its much-anticipated grand opening the afternoon of June 6.  Among its many amenities will be a universally accessible Great Lakes-themed schooner water feature with...

April 8, 2014

Dequindre Cut - North

Construction Project : Dequindre Cut - North

The half-mile extension of the Dequindre Cut will provide an even more convenient connection between the riverfront and Eastern Market and better link the popular path to other greenways being developed throughout the city when it opens in late fall. Following site clearing and...

April 8, 2014

Farewell to Faye Alexander Nelson

Faye Alexander Nelson’s vision, drive and passion were instrumental in the success of not only the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, but in the transformation of the Detroit riverfront from a blighted area into one of the most beautiful and vibrant destinations downtown.  After more...

April 8, 2014

Bike Detroit, Michigan

Bicycle Magazine (April 3, 2014):In a city so synonymous with the auto industry, cycling is experiencing a surprising renaissance. Drawn by the region's reputation for quality craftsmanship, bike manufacturers such as Detroit Bikes, Detroit Bicycle Company, Shinola, and AutoBike all...


March 3, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is searching for a President and Chief Executive Officer

The non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is searching for a President and Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization. Please click here for more information.    


February 27, 2014

28 Twitter Handles Every Detroiter Should Follow

Challenge Detroit Blog (February 26, 2014):Twitter provides us quick headlines, links and information relevant to the topics we care most about. In Detroit, there are outstanding organizations working 24/7 to provide the latest news and information on events that matter. With tons...

February 19, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Hosts Winter Antics

While Metro Detroit was in the grips of what seemed to be a relentless winter, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy embraced the bitter temperatures and abundant snow and hosted its first-ever winter program this past February. Almost 100 people joined the Conservancy on a bright and...


January 30, 2014

Farewell from Faye Nelson, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy President & CEO

Dear Friends and Colleagues: I hope this letter finds you healthy, happy and looking forward to what promises to be an exciting and memorable 2014.  I personally wanted to share with you my recent announcement that after 10 years, I am leaving the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy to...

January 22, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Receives National Planning Award

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Receives National Planning Award   American Planning Association (Jan. 22, 2014) Washington, D.C. –The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (The Conservancy) will receive the American Planning Association’s 2014 National Planning Excellence Award for...