Robert C. Valade Park

Located at: 2670 Atwater Street Detroit, MI 48207 Phone: 313.566.8200

Robert C. Valade Park is the newest park to open along the East Riverfront.   It features an expansive, sandy beach with chairs and umbrellas, a children’s musical garden, colorful play scapes for kids to climb on, a community barbecue pavilion and Bob’s Barge, which is Detroit’s only floating bar.  The park is also home to The Shed, a 3,600-square-foot building that will be used for food, events and programming.  

Food and Bar service details will be released in the upcoming months.  

Formerly known as Atwater Beach, the Robert C. Valade Park project has transformed an industrial site along the East Riverfront into an exciting park that people of all ages will enjoy. Most recently, the 3.2-acre parcel was used as a buoy storage yard and a cement factory.  The park completes a series of family-oriented parks along the East Riverfront, each located approximately a 10-minute walk from each other.  Robert C. Valade Park includes an important bridge along the RiverWalk, which connects Stroh River Place to Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, two of the most popular destinations along the riverfront.

The park’s official name celebrates native Detroiter and former Carhartt, Inc. Chairman and CEO Robert C. Valade, and is in recognition of a gift to the Conservancy from the Molly and Mark Valade Family Fund.

The project has been supported by a diverse group of leaders, including the William Davidson Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which selected the project as one its 2017 Knight Cities Challenge winners, the Walters Family Foundation, and the Mona and Richard Alonzo Fund. The Conservancy also received a grant for the project from Gannett/USA Today Network as part of the “A Community Thrives” initiative, which supports programs that positively impact local communities.

Robert C. Valade Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Parking is availabe across from the park in a gravel lot located at the corner of Atwater and Chene. Funds provided to the Conservancy from Bank of America will ensure that the park is programmed with events and activities throughout the winter months. 

Please note - due to COVID-19, the playscape, the shed, barge and volleyball court are closed. Community grills are available for use. Restrooms are open and are being cleaned regularly. Please check back in the coming weeks for updates. 


  • Bike
  • Café
  • Fishing
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Pavilion
  • Playscape
  • Restroom
  • Security Office

Events at Robert C. Valade Park

  • Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
    This event occurs every week Tuesday until Tue Sep 29 2020. This event also occurs on Thu Aug 20 2020 and Thu Aug 27 2020.

    Join Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and World Class Hustlers for FREE hustle fitness classes on the Detroit riverfront. Classes are held on Tuesdays at 10am August 4 to September 29. Pre-registration is required and opens one week prior to each session.

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