The Detroit Riverwalk has been named Best Riverwalk in America in the 2021 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards contest.
The Detroit Riverfront attracts 3.5 million visitors annually and has remained open every day during the coronavirus pandemic. Since March, use of the Detroit Riverwalk has increased 20 percent and Dequindre Cut usage has increased by 40 percent.
“Every great city has a place where the entire community comes together,” says Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. “Detroiters love their riverfront, and we are incredibly proud to be recognized and celebrated on a national level.”
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has invested more than $200 million in the revitalization of the Detroit Riverfront, which has generated more than $2 billion in public and private investment.
“The Detroit Riverfront is a very special place for our city, and we are honored by this recognition,” says Matt Cullen, board chairman of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. “We have a tremendous year ahead and will continue to set the bar even higher as we finish up the East Riverfront and move to the west.”
Nominees for USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards were selected by10Best editors along with a panel of urban planning experts. There were 20 Riverwalks across the country in the competition.
Among the Riverwalks making the top 10 list were the Chicago Riverwalk, Charles River Esplanade (Boston), San Antonio River Walk, Wilmington Riverwalk and Smale Riverfront Park (Cincinnati) and others.
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