Detroit Plans $800K in Improvements to Transform Spirit Plaza into Permanent Public Space

The City of Detroit will begin construction next week on $800,000 in improvements to Spirit Plaza, or “People’s Plaza,” following a recent vote by the city council to approve the site as a permanent public space. Construction is scheduled to begin Sept. 4, and the park is expected to open by October.
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Spirit Plaza rendering
Nearly $800,000 in improvements will be underway at Spirit Plaza starting Sept. 4. // Rendering courtesy of the City of Detroit

The City of Detroit will begin construction next week on $800,000 in improvements to Spirit Plaza, or “People’s Plaza,” following a recent vote by the city council to approve the site as a permanent public space. Construction is scheduled to begin Sept. 4, and the park is expected to open by October.

“The amenities added to the plaza will make the space more inclusive to all ages and help to make it an even more special gathering place for the public,” says Brad Dick, group executive of services and infrastructure. “We’re thankful to city council for supporting its vision for Spirit Plaza.”

The plaza will remain open during construction, but programming will be limited. Two previously scheduled events and the food truck program will continue as planned.

Spirit Plaza opened on a temporary basis two years ago and has since hosted live performances and demonstrations.

Programming is expected to resume in early October with a kick-off celebration. New features will include removal of the Woodward median and expanded green space, a performance stage, playgroup equipment and stationary musical instruments, tables, chairs, charging stations, and drinking fountains.

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