Detroit's Spirit Plaza Gets $800,000 Upgrade To Become Permanent Downtown Park

WWJ News
August 28, 2019 - 7:37 am

Spirit of Detroit Plaza in downtown Detroit, photographed on Friday, July 26, 2019. (photo: © Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press via Imagn Content Services, LLC)


DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit's newest gathering place is getting something new starting next month.

Renderings of the upgraded Spirit Plaza will be revealed during a news conference Wednesday morning. City Council recently voted to make the plaza a permanent instillation where Woodward Avenue ends at Jefferson Avenue, in the heart of Downtown.

Construction on the $800,000 project will begin next month after the Jazz Festival, and is expected to be completed by October. 

Upgrades include added green space and landscaping, a new stage, a children's playground area and additional chairs and umbrellas. The median will also be removed. Performances will be limited during construction, but food trucks will be allowed to stay. 

Since it opened on a temporary basis two years ago, Spirit Plaza has become a popular gathering place for people to see live performances, participate in peaceful demonstrations, enjoy food or just people watch. Once the work is completed, visitors will have more options.