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DTE Energy hosts free four-day festival to celebrate the opening of Beacon Park



July 19, 2017

The corner of Grand River and Cass Avenue transforms into a place of light, energy and motion when Beacon Park opens to the public on Thurs., July 20, 2017.  Downtown Detroit's newest public space debuts with a weekend festival of music, art, dance and games.  The festivities begin with the park's official ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Thurs. and run throughout the weekend.

"We are excited to bring a vibrant and engaging park to this part of the city," said Gerry Anderson, DTE Energy chairman and CEO. "The music, art, food and games offered at Beacon Park are projected to attract a million visitors a year and serve as a catalyst for development in west central downtown."

Beacon Park highlights include:

  • Lumen, a Belgian brasserie, featuring rooftop seating with panoramic views of the cityscape and park events. The restaurant is scheduled to open in spring 2018.
  • Recreational leagues, operated by Come Play Detroit, that range from volleyball to whiffle ball.
  • 130 small luminaires will be mounted at various heights throughout the garden spaces that respond to a variety of triggers: weather events, movement, sound or music, or to specific pre-programmed 'dances' by twinkling, changing colors, dimming, etc.
  • Synthetic grass to ensure that the park could host a variety of events year-round, including recreational sports leagues and concerts.

One of the opening weekend's premier events will be Impulse: An Interactive Art Exhibit. The work is comprised of giant illuminated seesaws that light up when ridden by visitors. Detroit is only the third city in the country to host the playful exhibit, which has primarily toured in Europe. According to the artists who created the exhibit, the seesaws are fitted with LED lights and speakers that produce a sequence of lights and sounds resulting in ever changing composition.

The park will host nearly 50 other activities and performances throughout the grand opening weekend. The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), supported by a grant from the DTE Energy Foundation, operates the park and schedules events both for the grand opening and throughout the year.

National musical acts performing during Beacon Park's grand opening weekend include American indie sensation Lord Huron, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and Plena Libre. The park will host grand opening after-work parties on Thursday and Friday. Saturday will be filled with family-friendly entertainment in addition to a night market featuring 25 unique boutiques. Visitors are invited to a gospel brunch followed by classical music on Sunday. On Sunday evening, visitors can watch the movie Back to the Future on a giant screen while enjoying popcorn, snacks, a hover board demonstration and giveaways.

"We've planned a weekend that has something for everybody, because that is what Beacon Park is all about," said Anderson.

About DTE Energy

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com.

Click here to read the full press release.

Contact
Colleen Rosso or Sallie Justice
DTE Energy
313.235.5555

For more information:

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DTE Energy

Address:
2000 2nd Ave
Detroit, Michigan
United States, 48226-1279
www.dteenergy.com
Tel: 313-235-4000


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