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The non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy was formed in 2003 with the mission of bringing public access to Detroit's Riverfront and serving as a catalyst for economic development in the city. The ultimate vision is to develop five and a half miles of riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge to just east of the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge.

Thanks to the strength of our public/private partnership, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy celebrates the successful completion of three miles of development on the east Riverfront, including pavilions, plazas, parks and green space, all connected by the ever popular RiverWalk. Already it is becoming an extension of Detroiters' backyards and a not-to-be-missed destination for visitors.


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Sand Volleyball is now available at the Detroit riverfront. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy has been a steward of providing public community spaces in Detroit. This summer we expanded our community building efforts by introducing a riverfront beach amenities.

Come down to the riverfront to relax with friends and family in our newly placed Adirondack chairs, chaise lounges and beach slings. Also prepare to get your feet sandy with our sand volleyball court. The court is BYOV (Bring your own Volleyball) and you can play at any time.

In addition to the riverfront beach programming, picnic tables and loungers have been placed throughout the RiverWalk’s garden rooms. We will also have “take-one-leave-one” libraries, which will be located at the Rivard Plaza Play Park, as well as in lounge areas along the RiverWalk.  Visitors will be encouraged to take a book to read on the honor system, as well as to leave one.

While you may come down for the beach, read more about all our other great events below. So enjoy the rest of this warm weather by kicking back at the Detroit riverfront and experiencing all we have to offer.

 For more information and other events check our Events page throughout the season for more information.





The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is bringing the Detroit River, our source of drinking wwater, irrigation, recreation and a gateway for shipping and transportation for more than 300 years, back into the spotlight. By creating a natural environment in an urban setting, we are reconnecting people with nature, each other, their communities and with the river that has been the very lifeline of Detroit.

While there is much to celebrate and many milestones have been reached, there is much work that remains to be completed. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy continues to raise funds to support costs associated with the construction and our ongoing operations, maintenance, security and programming, as we strive to complete our vision for a beautifully transformed and vibrant riverfront - from "bridge to bridge" and beyond. 



 Play Your Part

FriendsOfTheDetroitRiverfrontConservancyThere are many ways you can support the Conservancy's work and be a part of the historic development of the Riverfront.
Share your commitment to revitalizing the Detroit Riverfront by becoming a member of the Friends of the Conservancy and renewing your contribution on an annual basis:  consider a Family Membership at $75, become a Sustainer at $250, or join the RiverWalk Leadership Society with a gift of $1,000 or more.
Honor a loved one or celebrate a special event with an engraved brick at Rivard Plaza for $100 or $500.   Or participate in our Commemorative Bench Program  for $5,000 and $10,000, depending on location.
There are also a number of ways to leave a Legacy Gift to the Conservancy through a will or trust, a retirement plan,  life insurance or an annuity, or a Life Income Gift.
By making an investment in the Conservancy, you will demonstrate your belief in the future of our wonderful Detroit Riverfront. Please do your part to keep our beautiful Riverfront clean, safe and accessible.

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