DETROIT (WWJ) — Readers of the USA Today have chosen Detroit’s riverfront as one of the best in the nation.

The Detroit RiverWalk came in at number nine in the top ten of cities chosen. Wilmington, North Carolina was voted as the top ranked riverfront in the country, while the riverfronts in Spokane, Washington and Davenport, Iowa round out the top three.

“The riverfront redevelopment in Detroit, a city with 14 miles of shoreline along the Detroit River, is one of the city’s most exciting initiatives. Stretching for 5.5 miles from the Ambassador Bridge to the Bell Isle Bridge, the Detroit International RiverWalk includes a cruise terminal, marina, several parks, restaurants, shops and hotels. In warmer months, the riverfront parks play host to festivals and community literacy and fitness programs.”

As reported by WWJ’s Edward Cardenas, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy recently opened the new West RiverWalk located just west of Joe Louis Arena in mid-July, which has become a popular spot for running on the extra-wide RiverWalk along with fishing, running, soccer games and other outdoor activities.

The top ten is as follows:

    1. Wilmington, NC
    2. Spokane, WA
    3. Davenport, IA
    4. Dubuque, IA
    5. Pittsburgh, PA
    6. Louisville, KY
    7. Chattanooga, TN
    8. Savannah, GA
    9. Detroit, MI
    10. Richmond, VA



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