About the Parks

The Downtown Detroit Partnership cares for, programs and manages the Downtown Detroit Parks.

Since 2000, the Downtown Detroit Partnership in collaboration with the city of Detroit has been the recognized leader in creating, programming, and managing Downtown Detroit’s historic and transformational public spaces and urban parks.

While each park has its own unique amenities and identity, all provide a beautiful and serene environment for businesses, employees, and residents to enjoy daily. Placemaking initiatives activate these public spaces attracting over 2 million visitors annually, in alignment with Downtown Detroit Partnership’s efforts to enhance Downtown neighborhoods.

Park Fast Facts


Lights aglow in Downtown Detroit for the holidays.


Events held each year accross Downtown Detroit's six parks.


Visits to Downtown Detroit each year.

Explore the Downtown Parks

Campus Martius

Campus Martius

The heart of Downtown, Campus Martius Park is Detroit’s Gathering Place for employees, residents and visitors. In 2024, Campus Martius Park was named “#1 Public Square '' by USA Today! The Park has also won . . .

Grand Circus Park

Grand Circus Park

Grand Circus Park anchors both a growing residential neighborhood and the Downtown Detroit entertainment district. The park features gardens, dog parks, new seating areas, and free, special events and performances.

Beacon Park

Beacon Park

Beacon Park opened in July 2017 and features stunning light installations, an open lawn space with outdoor games fun for all ages, and a contemporary two-story restaurant. The park hosts a program of daily organized . . .

Cadillac Square.

Cadillac Square

Cadillac Square

Cadillac Square is home to the relocated Bagley Memorial Fountain, the food trucks rallies, and a variety of seating to enjoy amidst beautiful perennial gardens.

Capitol Park

Capitol Park

Capitol Park is a popular neighborhood and an emerging destination that features lush landscaping and green spaces, a new off-leash dog park, fitness classes, and more. The park is surrounded by incredible restaurants, bakeries, coffee . . .

Woodward Esplanade

Woodward Esplanade

The Woodward Esplanade is a new public space that extends from the south end of Campus Martius Park to Larned St. The new space will include weekday food trucks and plenty of seating to enjoy . . .

Each season, the Downtown Detroit Parks come alive with a number of unique features. Please read the information below to find out what activities are prohibited at our parks.

Contact the Parks

We welcome and encourage your feedback and questions. Let us know if you have a comment, suggestion, or concern. We’re here to help!


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Free and Fun For All

The Downtown Detroit Parks offer public programming that is free and open to all. Each year, DDP and its partners present over 1,000 events across seven public spaces. For a full lineup of free activities click here.


The community can access the network “Detroit Parks” on all devices, without a password, at a total system capacity of 1GB and impressive speeds up to 10GB.  Free Wi-Fi not only provides visitors equitable access to information but the ability to use the park networks to conduct a variety of important activities online.

Dog Friendly Park

Trained and leashed dogs and their responsible owners are welcome in the Downtown Detroit Parks. To exercise and relieve your pet, please use the designated off-leash areas at Capitol Park and Grand Circus Park. Learn more about the dog parks.

Parking + Transit

Convenient and affordable parking options are available steps away from the Downtown Detroit Parks. For locations, hours, pricing, and to book your space in advance, click here.

Downtown Ambassadors

A program of DDP’s Business Improvement Zone (BIZ), Ambassadors are easily recognized by their distinctive yellow jackets and are trained to offer hospitality assistance to residents and visitors. Ask them for help or tips on how to make the most of your experience throughout the city and the Downtown Detroit Parks.


The Downtown Detroit Parks are ADA compliant and feature a number of amenities that offer accommodations for disabled individuals.

DDP strives to increase independence, opportunities, community participation, safety and wellness for persons with disabilities in the Downtown, and to ensure inclusion, representation, and equity for persons with disabilities as it relates to employment, programs, and services.


Offering security services for the core Downtown, the BIZ works collaboratively with community partners to provide resources and implementation to ensure a safe and secure environment. The BIZ safety efforts also serve as an extension of Project Lighthouse, the Downtown Central Business District neighborhood watch.

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Corporate Partnerships

Customized partnership opportunities are available at a variety of involvement levels including yearlong or seasonal support, program-specific, or at special times or specific events.

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