Detroit’s Fourth Gift to the World: The Detroit Riverfront

Located along a fourteen mile stretch of the Detroit River, the Riverfront is the city’s greatest and best attraction. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy it’s beautiful vistas and wonderful entertainment throughout the year.

The Detroit River is actually not a river at all. It is a strait, connecting Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie. When it was being developed early in Detroit’s history, international experts claimed it as the 3rd best riverfront in North America in terms of it’s beauty, location and economic potential. The River is an international border between Canada and the United States. It is the most traveled border in the world producing $99 billion in revenue from truck frieght alone and it links the two great cities of Detroit and Windsor economically and in quality of life.

Like Mallory Square in Florida, Detroit’s Riverfront and Riverwalk boasts two million visitors a year. Some of it’s more visible attractions include the Renaissance Center’s Riverfront Promenade in front of the Renaissance Center’s 73 story, 1,298 room hotel and the home of General Motors World Headquarters. On dreamy Friday nights in the summer you can enjoy free concerts and watch the boats drift by on a river lit up by the reflection of thousands of city lights from both shores.

Near by is Hart Plaza with it’s world reknown fountain. Ethnic and musical festivals fill the plaza from May to September including the biggest free International Jazz Festival in the world on Labor Day weekend. On warm summer days you can watch children delight as they run around the fountain cooling off by the spray.

Father down the river you will find the Douglas MacArthur Bridge connecting you to the largest city owned park in the U.S., Belle Ile. This 982 acre park has 5 miles of scenic riverfront including a 1\2 mile beach. Some of it’s attractions are the Natural Zoo and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. Always full of picnicers and bathers alike during the summer months, it also will be home to the International Grand Prix in the summer of 2007.

Located in between the Renaissance and Belle Ile is the Tri-Centennial State Park. It is the only urban state park in Michigan and it’s 31 acres has green lawns, a 52 slip marina and a 62 ft. high lighthouse. People come from far and away to enjoy fishing and family outings while watching frieghters lazily cruise up and down the river.

If all this is too much to believe, you can see why my gift of the Detroit Riverfront is not offered easily. It is my wish to insure that the world and its citizens get a chance to experience and enjoy what I am priviledged to do so on a daily basis.

3 Comments so far

  1. Tommy (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

    I didn’t know the grand prix was coming back to Belle Isle! That’s great news!


  2. rich (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 12:26 pm

    Nice write up. When I saw the blog title in my RSS news reader I rolled my eyes. But you actually wrote an informational and persuasive piece. I just wish Detroit would exploit this resource way more than it does now.


  3. Mollika* (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    Great post. I had no idea Tri-Centennial State Park existed. Thanks!



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