William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor

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William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
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View of the state park from across the Detroit River
William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor is located in Michigan
William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
Location within the state of Michigan
Type State (Michigan)
Location Detroit International Riverfront
Downtown Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′55″N 83°01′31″W / 42.33194°N 83.02528°W / 42.33194; -83.02528Coordinates: 42°19′55″N 83°01′31″W / 42.33194°N 83.02528°W / 42.33194; -83.02528
Area 31 acres (130,000 m2)
Created 2007 (renamed in 2009)
Operated by Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Website Official website

The William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor (formerly named Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor) is a state park in Michigan, and the state's first to be situated in an urban area. Located just east of downtown Detroit along a portion of the city's International Riverfront, it covers 31 acres (130,000 m2) on the Detroit River, and includes a 52-slip harbor of refuge. A 63-foot (19 m) conical brick light-house tower marks the harbor entrance.

History[edit]

The park consists of the former city-owned St. Aubin Park and Marina and an adjacent reclaimed brownfield. The park area was taken over by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 2004 as Tri-Centennial State Park. Phase I of the park's development, which included refurbishing the marina and construction of the light tower, opened on May 20, 2004. Construction of the 6-acre (24,000 m2) Phase II, or expansion, phase of the project began in summer 2008 and concluded in summer 2009. The Phase II project encompassed a parcel of post-industrial property adjacent to Rivard Plaza.[1]

On October 22, 2009, Tri-Centennnial State Park was renamed in honor of Governor William G. Milliken.[1] The Lowlands section of the park was officially opened to the public on December 3, 2009.[2]

Ecology[edit]

Much of the William G. Milliken State Park has been redeveloped as restoration wetlands, intended to mimic the riverine wetlands that once bordered the Detroit River. The Michigan DNR hopes that these wetlands will be an attractive location for migratory birds. Ninety-seven percent of the former Detroit River wetlands have been lost to development; the de-development of Detroit in the 2000s created an opportunity for wetlands restoration.[2]

Access[edit]

The William G. Milliken State Park's official address is 1900 Atwater Street, on the near east side of Detroit and adjacent to the Jefferson Avenue corridor. The City of Detroit finished construction on what is called the "Dequindre Extension" in May 2010. This new section of Milliken State Park connects the park to the Dequindre Cut.[2]

Facilities and activities[edit]

  • Fishing: Shore fishing in the Detroit River.
  • Picnicking: Picnic area and two sail-covered pavilions.
  • Boating: The harbor offers 35 transient and 16 seasonal slips.[3]

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