As part of plans for a sweeping redesign including 7.5 acres of new parks on Detroit’s riverfront, Detroit is getting a new beach.

“Atwater Beach” as it is named would be located along the riverfront just east of Chene street. It would be ready in 2018.

This is according to a presentation made by officials from the city of Detroit and the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Wednesday night at the Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit.

It’s not exactly a swimming beach, but one that’s inspired by places like Sugar Beach in Toronto that has sand, food and beverage service from the “Purple Gang Barge,” as well as kids activities. At the top of the post is an example of Sugar Beach in Toronto, one of the inspirations for the plan.

Here’s an initial design plan for the location.

Rendering via the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Here’s a map of where Atwater Beach would be located.

Courtesy Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

This is part of a stream of stories around the plans revealed for Detroit’s riverfront.

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