Live in Motown and feel like a park and a picnic?
One of downtown Detroit’s best parks is Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI). Surrounded by over 6.5 million square feet of mixed used space from the stunning historic architecture of the landmark Penobscot Buildings to the One Kennedy Square Buildings, the Campus Martius district is a regional destination.
The Campus Martius district is a 24-hour neighborhood comprised of 20,000 office employs, 750 residents and is visited by more than 2 million people each year.
Campus Martius Park was reestablished after the fire of 1805. It is described as the “point of origin” of Detroit’s coordinate system. The park is located at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Michigan Avenue. It originally covered several acres and was a major gathering place for its residents. The park was reconstructed in 2004 to help combat the concrete nature of the Hart Plaza that was built in its stead.
The “new” Campus Martius features two stages, sculptures and a seasonal ice skating rink. While the new park is smaller than its initial incarnation, a full restoration would have required the removal of several buildings.
The park’s skating rink is modeled after the famous one at Rockefeller Center in New York City but is larger in size.