Detroit Riverwalk was voted the top of the nation, according to a USA Today poll
The Detroit Riverwalk was recently named the best riverwalk in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards 2021 USA, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy announced.
“The Detroit Riverfront is a very special place for our city and we are honored to receive this recognition,” said Matt Cullen, chairman of the board of directors of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, in a press release. “We have a huge year ahead of us and we will raise the bar when we finish the East Riverfront and move west.”
In recent years, the riverfront has seen dramatic changes with the renovation of the former Globe Building for Michigan’s DNR Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC), improvements to spaces like Milliken State Park, and the opening of Robert C. Valade Park. More than 3 million people visit the riverside each year, according to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. The non-profit group continues to work on realizing the vision of a RiverWalk with squares, pavilions and green spaces.
“Every great city has a place where the entire community comes together,” said Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, in a statement. “Detroiters love their riverside, and we are incredibly proud to be recognized and celebrated nationally.”
10Best editors and a group of urban planning experts selected the nominees for the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. There were 20 river walks across the country in competition. Riverwalks that made the top 10 list included the Chicago Riverwalk, Charles River Esplanade (Boston), San Antonio River Walk, Wilmington Riverwalk, and Smale Riverfront Park (Cincinnati).
The Detroit Riverfront stayed open every day during the coronavirus pandemic. Since March, usage of the Detroit Riverwalk has increased by 20% and usage of Dequindre Cut has increased by 40%, according to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. The nonprofit has invested more than $ 200 million in revitalizing the Detroit Riverfront, which in turn has resulted in more than $ 2 billion in public and private investments.