Detroit Riverwalk west extension opens from Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks

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Dogs of Detroit have new territory to trot: Yesterday, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy held a soft opening for a 20-acre westward extension of the Riverwalk.

Part of a planned two-mile track of the West Riverwalk, the new span runs from the Riverfront Towers to Rosa Parks Boulevard, says Mark Pasco, director of communications for the conservancy.

"It's going to be great," Pasco says. "It's a wide open green space. It's going to be great for activities."

The endgame for the Riverwalk, Pasco notes, is to extend the walkway from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park, just past the MacArthur Bridge -- about a 5.5. mile route.

The new westward expansion is wider than most of the walkway, about 30 feet, says Pasco -- a decision made by the conservancy to accommodate fisherman that previously frequented the area.

"We knew ... once it opened up they'd want to fish there again, so we made the Riverwalk itself wider," Pasco says.

The conservancy will hold a grand opening in late September, which will include "food and music and activities," Pasco says, though no official date has been set.

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