Downtown Detroit Parks


Beacon Park Kicks Off Brand New Winter Programming with ‘Light Up Beacon Park!’ Holiday Party on the Night of Tree Lighting

November 08, 2017

The November 17 party will feature a performance by “Queen of Blues” Thornetta Davis, a live stream of tree lighting at Campus Martius Park, free shuttles, interactive light displays, visits with Santa, food trucks, bars and more!

DETROIT - NOV 8, 2017 – The DTE Energy Foundation and the Downtown Detroit Partnership are excited to announce that Downtown Detroit’s newest public space will kick off a spectacular and innovative season of winter programming with Light Up Beacon Park on November 17 from

5 p.m. to midnight. The holiday party marks the first time in Detroit Tree Lighting history that the family-favorite tradition will expand its entertainment to two separate Downtown parks with free shuttles between the two public spaces. It also kicks off the beginning of Beacon Park’s winter programming schedule filled with silent discos, a beer and wine festival, visits with Santa and much more.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership and DTE Energy Foundation are proud to present the Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 17 at Campus Martius Park.

November 01, 2017

DETROIT, Mich., Nov. 1, 2017 – For the 14th consecutive year, the Downtown Detroit Partnership continues one of the city’s most highly anticipated holiday celebrations - the annual Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony. Brought to you by DTE Energy Foundation, the event will feature a Michigan-grown, 60-foot Norwegian Spruce wrapped in more than 19,000 multi-colored lights and ornaments. The event begins at 5 p.m. and is free to the public.

“The DTE Energy Foundation has been a proud sponsor of this iconic holiday tradition for 14 years, which helps to showcase the beauty of our city and draw visitors downtown throughout the season,” said Faye Nelson, vice president, DTE Energy, and board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “Our support of the tree lighting is one of the special ways we show our appreciation to the communities we serve, helping thousands of families create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Capitol Park redesign plan includes more greenery, focus on history

September 11, 2017


The Downtown Detroit Partnership revealed renderings for the Capitol Park Historic District redesign at a community meeting Monday evening.

DDP CEO Eric Larson and Public Work principals Adam Nicklin and Marc Ryan, among other officials, were on hand at DIME Detroit to get public feedback on the proposed concepts.

Opening Weekend for Beacon Park Detroit a Success

July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017 by David Lingholm 

As soon as the shovels were put away from last year’s ground breaking for Beacon Park Detroit, the work began to make sure the park would open with a big splash. From the physical construction of the park to planning the programming, everything needed to happen quickly.

That planning and hard work came to fruition last Thursday as Nancy Moody, vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy, kicked off the opening weekend of Beacon Park Detroit by welcoming employees, neighbors and visitors as the community gathered to celebrate.

Beacon Park will open downtown July 20-23rd

June 16, 2017

By Robin Runyan 

The Grand Opening weekend July 20-23 will have live music (including Robert Randolph & the Family Band and Thornetta Davis, plus indie band Lord Huron), a beer garden, fitness activities, a family day, a night market, a gospel brunch, light activations, and a screening of “Back to the Future” with a Delorean for photo ops.

Big Rock Chophouse owners to run restaurant in Beacon Park

May 09, 2017

Detroit Free Press by Mark Kurlyandchik

Another world-class park is coming to downtown Detroit, along with a flagship restaurant and culinary operator.

For the previously announced park at Cass and Grand River, DTE Energy has partnered with Norm and Bonnie LePage, restaurateurs whose purview includes Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills and Big Rock Chophouse and Griffin Claw Brewing Co. in Birmingham.



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