Construction Resumes on Detroit Riverwalk, Completion Expected by Fall 2022

Photo:  Detroit Riverwalk Conservancy

DETROIT, May 13, 2021 ~ The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has restarted the build of Detroit’s Riverwalk, a phase of the project that officially kicked-off through a groundbreaking ceremony held Wednesday. When work is completed in fall of 2022, the former Uniroyal site will complete the originally-planned 3.5 mile connection between Belle Isle and the Renaissance Center.

When we started transforming the riverfront 20 years ago, we had an ambitious vision, and our promise was to connect the entire East Riverfront,” Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Chairman Matthew Cullen said in a release. “Today, we are proud to break ground and deliver on that promise.”

May 13, 2021 ~ Chairman of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Matthew Cullen tells Paul W. they have broken ground on the final piece of the of the East Riverfront and he says they started working on the riverfront twenty years ago.

In February 2021, the Detroit RiverWalk was named the best river walk in the nation as part of USA Today’s 2021 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

One day, you’re going to be able to walk from bridge to bridge in this city,” said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

The western Riverwalk still has work to be done, with plans in place to extend the two miles to the Ambassador Bridge.


The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy begins building the connection from Belle Isle to the Renaissance Center.