West Riverfront Park

Located at: 1801 W. Jefferson Detroit, MI 48216

The Conservancy’s ultimate vision is to develop five-and-a-half miles of riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge on the west to Gabriel Richard Park, which is just east of the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge. 

The first phase of the project, three-and-a-half miles along the east riverfront, is more than 80 percent complete and spans from Joe Louis Arena to Gabriel Richard Park.
Opening up a segment of the west riverfront for long-awaited public access is now a reality with the transformation of a former newspaper printing facility property at 1801 W. Jefferson into a 20-acre green oasis, which is now named the West Riverfront Park. 

The Conservancy purchased the property from the Detroit Free Press in 2007.

Visitors will find three new pathways linking the riverfront to West Jefferson Avenue, benches, trash receptacles and plenty of lush green space for a variety of outdoor activities.  The Conservancy has expanded the width of the popular RiverWalk along this parcel to 30 feet to better accommodate adequate space for walking, running, biking and fishing.  Safety and security improvements include new railings, lighting, security cameras and call boxes. 

The Conservancy continues to work with key stakeholders, including the City of Detroit and private property owners, towards a strategic plan for revitalizing the west riverfront.

Stay tuned for more progress on the west riverfront project in the future.

Events at West Riverfront Park

  • Wednesday, Jul 25, 2018 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
    This event occurs every week Wednesday until Thu Aug 16 2018 except Wed Jul 18 2018 and Wed Aug 01 2018.

    July 11 & 25 Moonlight Yoga is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. 

    Moonlight Yoga provides a unique twist on yoga classes by providing participants with glowing jewelry and incorporating lighted glow sticks into traditional yoga poses. 

  • Jul 28, 2018 - 12:00am to Jul 29, 2018 - 12:00am

  • Aug 03, 2018 - 12:00am to Aug 05, 2018 - 12:00am

    Charivari will feature three days of electronic music in all its forms (house, techno, disco, trance, DDM, UK garage, etc.) from the largest presentation of Detroit based DJ's.

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