Friday, December 17, 2004

GM Dedicates Riverfront Plaza and Promenade

Behind its headquarters in the Renaissance Center today, General Motors dedicated the first section of Detroit's Riverwalk, a $500 million project that will create a pedestrian-friendly path between Detroit's Belle Isle and Ambassador bridges.

Today's unveiling, which is being called the Renaissance Center's plaza and promenade, features rows of well-maintained trees, sitting areas and a fountain that children can run through. It was made possible by a $25 million donation from General Motors.

Today's dedication marks the first in a series of phases for the $500 Riverwalk development which, when completed, will span nearly six miles. The Riverwalk project is headed by Detroit's Riverfront Conservancy, a non-profit organization created in 2002 to supervise the development of and maintain the riverwalk. More detailed information about the conservancy and its planning, organizational structure and vision can be found on its website at