William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
|William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor|
View of the state park from across the Detroit River
Location within the state of Michigan
|Location||Detroit International Riverfront
Downtown Detroit, Michigan
|Area||31 acres (130,000 m2)|
|Created||2007 (renamed in 2009)|
|Operated by||Michigan Department of Natural Resources|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Facilities and activities
- 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.
- "William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
- "William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor Now Officially Open to the Public". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2009-12-07.
- "William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor". Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2011-11-03.