The star attraction of the new Detroit RiverWalk's Mt. Elliott Park is the life-sized shipwreck-themed water feature, built to resemble a Great Lakes schooner, with jets that pump out water at multiple points.
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Get ready for surprise and delight on the riverfront.

The transformed Mt. Elliott Park on the Detroit RiverWalk opens to the public Friday, and the space once used mainly by a few fishermen has been transformed into a kid-friendly whirl of splash fountains, interactive music features and a life-size replica of a Great Lakes schooner shipwreck that spouts water from multiple jets.

The remade park is the latest installment of the RiverWalk, which in the past 10 years has largely remade the east riverfront from its industrial past to an award-winning recreational promenade. At Mt. Elliott, there’s a private ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Friday for officials and the media, with the park opening to the public after that.

The interactive music elements at Mt. Elliott include drums and pipe organ-type activities that visitors can play.

Mt. Elliott Park is the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s third plaza and pavilion to be built along the east riverfront since work on the RiverWalk began more than 10 years ago. The RiverWalk now features more than three miles of completed pathways, parks and green space.

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