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Since 1889, people on one side of the river have tried to reach Belle Isle, the Detroit river's attractive ait. The first bridge lasted 26 years until it burned in a fire, then eight years later the present structure was constructed in 1923. The city renamed the bridge in 1942 to MacArthur Bridge, however most people in Detroit still call it by its original name, Belle Isle Bridge. It spans 2,356-foot-long and it's perfect for a stroll any time of the week, especially on warm summer days.
Dominating the skyline of the downtown riverfront area, the GM Renaissance Center is a series of seven analogous skyscrapers soaring at 73 floors. These mixed-use structures are an iconic emblem in the city's map and fine examples of the modern architectural style. The central tower is spectacular with sunlight glinting off its cylindrical glass structure and is linked with the other six glass edifices. Besides being the headquarter of General Motors and featuring a massive showroom, the complex boasts of a luxurious five-star hotel, fine dining establishments, a food court and exhibit spaces as well.
Dating to the 1840s, Mariners' Church of Detroit was modeled after seamen's chapels on the East Coast of the United States. The Gothic structure has services on Sunday morning and at noon on Thursdays. It is often the site of funerals of Detroit civic notables. The church's mission is to serve Great Lakes sailors and their families, and nautical images festoon the interior. Bells toll whenever a life is lost on the lakes. They most famously rang 29 times in November 1975 with the sinking of an ore ship in Lake Superior, an event immortalized in the popular Gordon Lightfoot song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Come by to offer your prayers or to be simply enchanted by this mystic place.
The Players is a theater club that was established in 1910 to encourage noveau talent. The building was declared as a Michigan State Historic Site in 1985 and was also incorporated in National Register of Historic Places in 1987. Check website for details.
This gigantic concrete expanse at the foot of Woodward Avenue stretches from Jefferson Avenue to the Detroit River. Designed in the 1960s as a civic space by Isamu Noguchi, it includes his unusual twisted spire and fountain. The plaza has a stage and amphitheater and is used for riverfront festivals on summer weekends, the Detroit Jazz Festival, and ice skating in winter. Hart Plaza provides access to a riverfront walkway; it's a favorite spot for fishing and it has a beautiful view of Canada across the river.
Malden Park is a nature park in Windsor that was once a garbage dump. The park features a large pond where visitors can feed fish and a 300-foot (90 meter) tall hillock offering breathtaking views of the region's scenic beauty. Biking and hiking trails are easy to find here, making this a great place for adventure sports. Various local events are occasionally held at the on-site concert center.