The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is celebrating a major milestone today in the continued transformation of the east riverfront with the opening of Mt. Eliott Park in Detroit.
The park is complete with fishing piers, new walkways, LED lighting, restrooms and a café. It is located at 120 Mt. Elliott in Detroit at the foot of Mt. Elliott and Wight Streets. It will be open to the public Friday afternoon.
Mt. Elliott Park is the third plaza and pavilion developed by the non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy along the Riverfront east of downtown. It is part of three miles of pathways, parks and green space connected by the popular Riverwalk.
The RiverFront Conservancy raises funds for construction, operation, maintenance, security and programming of public spaces along the Riverfront.
"I see the future of Detroit every time I walk our Riverfront and watch the men, women and children in our community and visitors gathering together to enjoy this spectacular asset,” said U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D). “It’s why I’ve remained firm in my commitment to this project, making sure we have a riverfront worthy of our city and its people.”
In 2014, the Conservancy and its partners have significant development projects underway that will continue the riverfront revitalization including:
Gabriel Richard Park: Gabriel Richard Park will undergo significant enhancements, including adding new pathways that connect it to Jefferson Avenue, an environmentally friendly parking lot and lights for the labyrinth.
Chene Park Parcels: Work has begun on the parcels east and west of Chene Park to beautify those areas and increase pedestrian access to the riverfront.
West Riverfront: The Conservancy’s first phase of development along the west riverfront opens this year. It’s a 20-acre, wide-open green space on the site of a former printing facility on West Jefferson. It will feature an extra-wide RiverWalk, three pathways from Jefferson Avenue that provide riverfront access, benches, call boxes, security cameras, bike racks and plenty of green space for activities.
Globe Building: The 43,000-square-feet Globe Building on Atwater will open this fall as the DNR’s Outdoor Adventure Center with a variety of interactive exhibits, hands-on simulators and programming opportunities. It will have kayaking, hunting and camping simulators and is sure to become one of the most popular attractions along the riverfront.
Dequindre Cut Greenway: The 1.5-mile Dequindre Cut is undergoing a half-mile northward expansion that will bring it right into the heart of Eastern Market at Mack Avenue and link it with other greenways in the city.