DETROIT – Spanning three miles and offering views of Detroit and Canada, the Detroit International RiverWalk is among 20 “great American riverwalks” getting attention from USA Today.
Voting in the 10Best Readers Choice Awards to name America’s premier riverwalks will close at noon on Monday, Feb. 15. Until then, you can still vote for Michigan’s gem once a day. As the contest nears its end, the leader board is no longer visible – we’ll have to wait until Friday, Feb. 26, to learn who won.
Detroit’s riverwalk is known for its scenic shoreline, parks, fountains, splash pads, carousel, nature areas and family-friendly events. About 3.5 million people visit annually.
“Our vision has always been to transform Detroit’s international riverfront into an accessible world-class gathering place for all,” said Mark Wallace, president and CEO of Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. “It’s an honor that our city’s riverfront is being recognized nationally among the greatest riverwalks in the country.”
To date, the conservancy has invested more than $169 million in the revitalization of the Detroit riverfront.
Here are the nominees:
- Bricktown, Oklahoma City
- Canal Walk, Indianapolis
- Charles River Esplanade, Boston
- Chicago Riverwalk
- Detroit International Riverwalk
- Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, Minneapolis
- Hudson River Park, New York City
- Idaho Falls River Walk in Idaho Falls, Idaho
- Milwaukee Riverwalk in Milwaukee, Wis.
- Mississippi Riverwalk in Dubuque, Iowa
- River Street in Savannah, Ga.
- San Antonio Riverwalk
- Schuylkill River Trail, Philadelphia
- Smale Riverfront Park, Cincinnati
- Tennessee Riverpark, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Pittsburgh
- Trinity Trains in Fort Worth, Texas
- Waterfront Park in Louisville, Ky.
- Waterplace Park in Providence, R.I.
- Wilmington Riverwalk in Wilmington, N.C.
10Best editors worked with a panel of urban planning experts to curate the great American riverwalk nominees.