William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, formerly titled Tri-Centennial Park, (1900 Atwater St Detroit MI) offers a 31-acre escape from the rigors of everyday life. It can best be described as a “green oasis” right in the middle of downtown.
The first phase of the park opened in 2004 and offers visitors several covered picnic areas, shoreline fishing and a newly renovated 52-slip harbor. Adjacent to this stands a 63-foot tower which serves as the entrance and is a replica of the lighthouse at Tawas Point State Park.
The second phase of the park was completed in 2009 and added a wetlands demonstration project to which highlights how wetlands can act as nature’s filtration system. If you visit Milliken State Park, you’ll see signs that explain how water is cleaned and returned to the Detroit river without having to go to a wastewater treatment plant.
The most tranquil aspect of the park is its RiverWalk. It offers a serene setting with a quiet and contemplative area. There is a bike path available for riders and also fishing platforms along the riverfront edge of the park.