The Detroit Riverwalk Is the Best Riverwalk in America
For the second year in a row, the Detroit Riverwalk was named best Riverwalk in America. The nod comes from USA Today who described the Riverwalk as "one of the city's most exciting initiatives."
The Detroit Riverwalk managed to beat out 20 other Riverwalks across the country that were also in the competition.
According to Fox 2 Detroit, nominees were selected by editors and a panel of urban planning experts, but members public voted for their favorites throughout the competition.
Matt Cullen, board chairman of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy:
We are thrilled to be voted number one for the second year in a row. This is going to be a big year for us as we break ground on new projects, mark the completion of our East Riverfront vision and make plans for our 20-year anniversary in 2023, so it is incredibly rewarding to be able to celebrate the Best Riverwalk honor during this special year.
I can honestly say that in all my years living in Michigan, I don't think I've ever been to Detroit Riverwalk. Every time I see photos and hear about the ongoing projects, it really makes me want to go and check it out. I've been by there but never stopped and walked around.
There's a new project in the works called the Southwest Greenway. Apparently, it will connect the Riverfront to Michigan Central Station, Corktown, and Southwest Detroit.
Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy:
The entire Detroit Riverfront Conservancy team is proud to be recognized again on this national level. This honor is also very exciting because we are being recognized as the Best Riverwalk based on the votes submitted by people throughout our community who voted for us. Detroiters love their riverfront.