Detroit Park Caught In Middle Of Bridge Fight

As city denies rumors of a deal to transfer Riverside Park to Ambassador Bridge owner, group fights to preserve it.


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s office has denied rumors that he’s made a deal to transfer Riverside Park to the owners of the Ambassador Bridge. The city, the Detroit International Bridge Company, and residents have fought over control of the park the last few years. Former state lawmaker Rashida Tlaib has tangled with bridge owner “Matty” Moroun many times. She has started a petition asking city, state, and federal leaders to protect Riverside Park. Tlaib tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller it’s the only park in Southwest Detroit with access to the river. Tlaib works for the Sugar Law Center, which represents Friends of Riverside Park. WDET has contacted DIBC and awaits a response. 

Read Rashida Tlaib’s petition here.


  • Pat Batcheller
    Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.