Detroit RiverFront Conservancy to Host Public Forums for West Riverfront Park Aug. 8-9


The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy invites the public to participate in the interview process to select a design firm for the West Riverfront Park, which is bounded by the Detroit River, 8th Street, W. Fort Street, and Rosa Parks Blvd.

Eight design teams from across the country will present their qualifications for reimagining West Riverfront Park from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Aug. 8-9 at the Wayne County Community College District’s Downtown Campus in Detroit.

The firms will present a jury consisting of representatives from the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the City of Detroit, and other business and community leaders.

The presenting firms include: Alday-Jover Architecture, EDSA/Mia Lehrer, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, and Hood Design on Tuesday, and James Corner Field Operations, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture, and W Architecture and Landscape Architecture on Wednesday. Each presentation is slated for an hour and 15 minutes.

Last month, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy launched a design competition to transform the 22-acre West Riverfront Park into a community gathering space. The process resulted in more than 20 submissions from local, national, and international design firms, with eight chosen to present their ideas at the public forums.

Following the interviews, four semifinalists will receive a $30,000 stipend to develop and complete design concepts over a 10-week period. A public exhibition is scheduled for Nov. 14-15 and the winning concept will be announced in late November.

Seating is limited and registration for the interviews can be found here.