Nov 30, 2013

Gabriel Richard Plaza

Gabriel Richard Park

Detroit River Walk Gabriel Richard Park
Detroit River Walk - Gabriel Richard Park
The Detroit Riverwalk has many great attractions, and one that sometimes escapes the public eye is Gabriel Richard Park. The park has an awesome plaza that is a perfect spot to relax and watch the river flow by. Located across from Belle Isle on East Jefferson Ave. the park is near the old Uniroyal site and isn't yet fully connected to the Riverwalk. But don't let that stop you from paying a visit. Here's a link to a Google map to help you find your way. -- Side note: the photos and video in this post are from this past September (the reason for the green grass and leaves on the trees.)

Gabriel Richard Plaza Detroit River Walk
Well maintained pavillion
When you visit make sure you spend some time at the Adcraft Labyrinth that is part of the Riverwalk. It's a good spot to enjoy the peacefulness of the area.

Adcraft Labyrinth Detroit River Walk Gabriel Richard Park
View from the Labyrinth looking east
Detroit Riverwalk Labyrinth Gabriel Richard Park
Labyrinth looking west toward downtown

Fountain and Pavilion
When you're closer to the pavilion there's a nice fountain to keeps things cool. The pavilion has some tables and chairs to relax or eat your lunch while you take in the view of the river.

Detroit Riverwalk Gabriel Richard Plaza fountain
Fountain at the pavilion

Gabriel Richard Plaza
Cut out in the wall looking toward E. Jefferson
The River
And let's not forget the river. The Gabriel Richard Plaza is at the foot of the Detroit River and you can get quite close to the water if you don't mind stepping on a few rocks.

Detroit River and two swans
Couple of swans enjoying the day on the river
Video Tour
Here's the video that shows the park in more detail.

Have you visited the Detroit Riverwalk? What is your favorite part? Leave a comment and let me know.

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