Riverside Skatepark Opens Downtown Near the Ambassador Bridge

The skate park is the latest phase of Riverside Park's $13.2-million revamp.

Riverside skate park

The second phase of Riverside Park’s $13.2-million makeover enjoyed its grand unveiling in June. Moving forward, skateboard enthusiasts can “grind a sick axle,” or whatever the lingo is, at the foot of Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge at the new skate park.

The ribbon cutting was applauded by the legend Tony Hawk himself, who later blessed the pavement with its first skating demo. The park used to be the site of the old Detroit News warehouse until it was bought and repurposed by the Detroit International Bridge Co.

“It’s an oasis in downtown Detroit,” says local city guide Dave Rotter. “Riverside Skatepark is a clean, well-planned, safe, family-friendly destination.” The skate park, which alone cost $800,000, was designed by Seattle-based Grindline Skateparks.

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But, there’s a community touch. Local nonprofits like Community Push – an org pushing for the progression of skateboarding in Detroit – were involved in the brainstorming and planning process.

Riverside features bowls, ramps, lifts and rails with varying difficulty levels so no one feels left out. Skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMXers of all skill levels and ages are invited to test their skills. The 15,000-square-foot facility blows now-closed Wayfinding (100 Monroe St.) out of the water.

Wayfinding was also endorsed by Hawk when it opened in 2017, but unlike Riverside, it was slated to be a temporary installation. Expect more Riverside Park additions like a splash pad, beach playground, picnic shelter and amphitheater in the next couple seasons.

3511 W. Jefferson Ave., Detroit

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