Tuesday, April 6, 2010

RiverWalk extends east through Milliken State Park

When last we explored Detroit's RiverWalk, the development extended uniterrupted as far east as Rivard Street. The path beyond that was fenced off as crews put the finishing touches on the William G. Milliken State Park & Harbor.

Well, the gates are open now.

The Milliken State Park is a unique little stretch designed to pay tribute to plants and flowers that are indigenous to Michigan. A paved walking path wraps around both sides of a stream that winds through little man-made islands built using large fallen trees. That's as good a description as I can offer; you have to check it out sometime.

It really is a remarkable little stretch of waterfront, impossible to even imagine in 1980s Detroit. With the opening of the Milliken State Park, the RiverWalk is now a continuous path along the water's edge that extends from Joe Louis Arena to Chene Park. Not a bad way to spend a lunch hour.