The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s long-anticipated Uniroyal Promenade is now open. Gifted to the city of Detroit by the Conservancy, the promenade will bring residents and visitors closer to the city’s scenic riverfront. The grand unveiling on Oct. 21 marked the completion of a 3.5-mile, 20-year-old vision for the East Riverfront, signifying a pivotal milestone for the city’s rejuvenated waterfront. 

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy's Uniroyal Promenade

Members of the community walk along the newly-opened Uniroyal Promenade, a 3.5 mile pathway that connects Gabriel Richard Park to Mt. Elliott Park and Belle Isle Bridge. | Photo by One Detroit

Stretching along the riverwalk, the promenade connects Gabriel Richard Park to Mt. Elliott Park while providing a secure pedestrian pathway to the iconic Belle Isle Bridge. The promenade also boasts an extra-wide pathway with separate lanes for both walkers and cyclists, as well as vibrant landscaping and a stately stone barrier known as “rip rap” along the water’s edge. 

One Detroit attended the Uniroyal Promenade grand opening for a look at the city’s new riverfront pathway. At the event, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Chief Financial Officer William Smith talked about how the new pathway opens a connection to the Detroit Riverwalk and extends the vision for the Conservancy’s Joe Louis Greenway, a 27.5-mile biking and walking trail that, when finished, will connect Detroit’s riverfront to parts of metro Detroit like Hamtramck, Highland Park and Dearborn. 

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