Robert C. Valade Park in Detroit Visitor’s Guide & Photo Gallery
Valade Park in Detroit features a beautiful playground as well as sandy beach, musical Garden, and plenty of great spaces for fishing.
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Valade Park Amenities
Formerly known as Atwater Beach, Robert C. Valade Park is the newest park to open along the East Riverfront. The park features colorful playscapes, musical garden, a sandy beach as well as a community barbeque pavilion.
In addition to the playground, the park offers a bike path, restroom facilities, pavilion, cafe, plenty of seating, and sand volleyball.
The park offers a great scenic view of the Detroit Riverfront. It also connects the Stroh River Place to Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre. Thus making this a great central location for a family outing.
Valade Park Overview:
Play Elements: several different structures for children ages 2 to 12
Surface: grass, sand as well as sand
Unique Features: The Park has food and bar service (closed when we visited). Also, sandy beach with chairs and umbrellas, a musical garden, colorful playscapes for climbing.
Valade Park also hosts Bob’s Barge (closed when we visited) which is Detroit’s only Floating Bar. Finally, there are bike racks and lots of fishing spots by the Riverfront. The park also has fire extinguishers located close to the public grill area.
Bathrooms: Yes, portable sanitation available close to the pavilion.
Drinking Fountain: no
Picnic Tables: yes
Grills: Yes, two big grills available at the pavilion
Sports Fields: sand volleyball (currently closed)
Walking Trails: Yes, paved along Detroit River Front and within the park.
Parking: Free gravel parking lot available at the corner of Atwater and Chene Streets
Tot Play Structure: no
Fenced in: no
Seating: beach chairs are available at the sand beach area. There are benches around the park. Guests can enjoy chairs with tables and umbrellas near the Cafe area. Also, there is a unique seating area decorated by old truck trunk doors.
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