December 19, 2013

Riverfront Construction Progress Continues

Numerous construction projects throughout the year continued to reshape and reenergize the riverfront, with the last several months seeing considerable progress made toward the completion of the east riverfront and the launch of the initial phase of the west riverfront’s...

December 19, 2013

Programming Brings People to the Riverfront in 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, the riverfront has seen one of its busiest and most vibrant seasons to date.  Daily programming served as a connecting point in the community and brought hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout the spring, summer and fall to the riverfront to enjoy a...

December 19, 2013

Volunteers Make a Difference Along the Riverfront

As the busy programming season winds down, the Conservancy salutes the accomplishments of its outstanding corps of riverfront volunteers, which increased by more than 100 since the beginning of the year. From the rain barrel workshop in the spring to GM River Days in the summer to...

December 19, 2013

Two Long-Time Board Members Retire from Board

Throughout the last decade, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy has benefited immensely from the strength of its Board of Directors, which represents a diverse mix of business, community and public sector leaders from throughout Metro Detroit. Two of these Board members have been...

December 19, 2013

Conservancy Operations and Security Team Keeps Riverfront Beautiful and Safe

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...

December 19, 2013

Riviere28 Events Draw 700 to Riverfront in 2013

Events hosted by Riviere28, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s popular young and active professionals group, drew more than 700 young and active professionals to experience the excitement of Detroit’s riverfront this summer.  The season kicked off with an evening of bonfires and...

December 19, 2013


As the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy reflects upon 2013, we look back at a memorable year full of accomplishments and significant milestones. Among the highlights: Our 10-year anniversary milestone was effectively leveraged by engaging the public in year-long celebration events. ...


November 21, 2013

Trail of the Month: November 2013 Michigan's Dequindre Cut Greenway

Rails to Trails Conservancy (November 2013) Everyone has heard about Detroit's troubles: the bankruptcy, the population decline, abandoned buildings and urban decay. What's not often heard is the story of the strength, resilience and pride of Detroiters. Read the rest of the story...

November 12, 2013

Mt. Elliott Park

Construction Project : Mt. Elliott Park

Construction on Mt. Elliott Park’s much anticipated transformation is nearing completion.  Right now, mechanical and electrical systems are undergoing inspection in preparation for the winter months. The final inspection of the water feature will occur in early spring, prior to the...

November 11, 2013

4th Annual Shimmer on the River - Photo Gallery

dbusiness (November 7, 2013): The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy held its 4th annual Shimmer on the River fundraiser on Sept. 12 at the Cobo Center ballroom in downtown Detroit. More than 650 guests attended the presentation that honored the contributions of Marlene and John Boll...

November 11, 2013

Cobo Center's new ballroom with a view celebrates Detroit River

Detroit Free Press (September 15, 2013): Cobo Center’s new Grand Riverview Ballroom had no sooner opened to fanfare last weekend that Detroiters began putting it to use... Read the rest of the story at

November 11, 2013

OTHER VOICES: Riverfront gains are group effort

Crain's Detroit Business (October 06, 2013): The last decade has been a monumental one for the nonprofit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and the Detroit riverfront... Read the rest of the story at

November 11, 2013

Troy Resident Honored for Work on Detroit’s Riverfront

C & G News (September 11, 2013): Troy resident Faye Alexander Nelson is honored and humbled to receive the Detroit Public Television Visionary Award. But she’d rather talk about what the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy... Read the rest of the story at      

November 11, 2013

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Celebrates 10 Years

Michigan Chronicle (September 11, 2013): Happy 10th Birthday To Our Riverfront! CEO says Detroit’s Riverfront thrives through community support... Read the rest of the story at

November 11, 2013

Detroit Riverfront Clears Another Hurdle for Development

dbusiness (September 5, 2013): The Detroit Economic Growth Corp. says the western portion of the Uniroyal site by Belle Isle is nearing completion following a two-year remediation process, which clears another hurdle in plans to redevelop the 43-acre site for mixed-use development,...

November 11, 2013

Detroit’s Water Renaissance: New Shorelines, Old Problems on the Detroit River

GREAT LAKES ECHO (September 3, 2013): The Detroit River is 32 miles long on the U.S. side, and of those 32 miles, just one mile is still an undeveloped wetland. That mile, the Humbug Marsh, is tucked behind an old steel plant off a quiet two-lane highway in Trenton, an extension of...

November 11, 2013

Dequindre Cut - North

Construction Project : Dequindre Cut - North

After the September groundbreaking celebration for the Dequindre Cut North extension, crews immediately began working on site preparation.  Clearing of overgrowth and debris is now complete and relocation of underground utilities is underway.  Once the half-mile greenway extension...

November 11, 2013

Globe Building

Construction Project : DNR Adventure Center

Work progresses on enclosing the historic Globe Building and transforming the structure into the Outdoor Adventure & Discovery Center.  When it is complete, visitors will experience the Michigan outdoors through four primary interpretive areas – Michigan Trails, The Big Tree,...

November 11, 2013

Chene Park—East/West Parcels

Construction Project : Chene Park—East/West Parcels

As part of the ongoing evolution of the east riverfront, parcels east and west of Chene Park will be enhanced during the next phase of construction in 2014.  To the west, the former Watermark property will feature a colored concrete walkway from Atwater Street to the riverfront,...

November 11, 2013

Gabriel Richard Park

Construction Project : Gabriel Richard Park

If Mother Nature cooperates, construction will begin in the early spring on significant enhancements to Gabriel Richard Park that will improve access and safety to the park, including installation of pathway connectors from Jefferson Avenue, the much-needed addition of an...