Groundbreaking set for Atwater Beach on the Detroit River

Posted: 5:55 AM, Aug 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-27 13:36:31Z

A new beach in the city of Detroit will break ground on Monday afternoon. Atwater Beach, located off of Atwater St. just east of Chene Park, is expected to be a one-of-a-kind urban beachfront.

The beach will include a sandy beach, playscape, grassy area with trees and a shed structure for programs and events.

On top of that, there will be a floating cafe barge serving tasty food and drinks. It will also be near a new pedestrian bridge connecting Chene Park East with Stroh River Place. Unlike the Belle Isle beach, the Atwater Beach wouldn’t allow direct access to the water. 

The plan came after the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy received a grant from the non-profit John S. and James L. Knight Foundation last summer.

Previously, the U.S. Coast Guard owned the land where the beach is planned.

WXYZ plans to live stream the event at 4 p.m.