The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy announced today the official launch of Riviѐre28, a new volunteer group created within the Conservancy that looks to engage the growing number of young and active professionals who live, work or play in Detroit and introduce them to the riverfront.

Riviѐre28 will host its inaugural event, Light Up the Riverfront, Thursday, June 7 from 6-10 p.m. at the Milliken State Park & Harbor. This unique gathering will feature live music from the soul pop band Greenstreet, a delicious pig roast from Eastern Market, tasty campfire treats surrounding a bonfire setting with the beautiful Detroit River as the backdrop. Tickets are available online for $15 at

“We want everyone to know what a beautiful gem we have in our own backyard,” said Kristin Lusn, founding member of Riviѐre28. “Whether you’re a new professional working downtown, or for those who live here and know the city front to back, we’re hoping you’ll take part in this new experience on the Detroit Riverfront.”

Riviѐre28 also has two additional events in the works, including Soirée on the Greenway, which will be an evening on the Dequindre Cut Greenway Thursday, July 12, featuring cocktails and appetizers and a community art project. The third and final summer event, Sunday Funday, is scheduled for Sunday, August 12 on the Detroit Riverfront. More details for these events will be shared in the coming months.

For more information about Rivière28 and updates on the three planned events, people can visit or “like” the community group “Rivière28 presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy” on Facebook.

The members of Rivière28 are dedicated to raising awareness of the non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and its mission to develop public access to Detroit’s international riverfront and to serve as a catalyst for economic development in the city. The ultimate vision is to develop five and a half miles of riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge to just east of the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge. As the permanent stewards of this public space, the Conservancy is responsible for the construction as well as the year-round operations, maintenance, security and programming of the riverfront as well as the Dequindre Cut Greenway and raising the funds required to support all components of this project.

The Rivière28 Planning Committee includes: Austin Black II, Natalie Bruno, Jade Burns, Katherine Cockrel, Phillip Cooley, Katie Dirksen, Peter Fezzey, Bria Gillum, Jamie Grimaldi, Susan Hopkins, Julie Howe, Mitra Jafary-Hariri, Lorron James, John James, Heather Kazmierczak, Kristin Lusn, Elizabeth McClure, Tony Prainito, Tony Saunders, Will Smith, Beth Stallworth, Carly Strachan, Drew VanTongeren, Bianca Williams and Marja Winters.

The name “Rivière28” was inspired by the history of Detroit, which was first developed from a French fort and missionary outpost along the banks of the Detroit River, a river that spans 28 miles in length.


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