This project represents DTE Energy’s commitment to the people of Detroit by transforming a vacant 1.5-acre lot into a new, dramatic public park on the western edge of Detroit’s downtown business district. The triangular shaped park borders Grand River Avenue, Plaza Drive and First Street, about one-half block east of DTE’s corporate headquarters. This new park has been named Beacon Park and DTE Energy’s slogan for this beautiful new gathering place is “Meet me at the Beacon.”
Work included an open commons area with an integrated restaurant. During the warmer months, three moveable glass walls of the restaurant will open out into the adjacent park, assimilating the two uses into one. The restaurant has a bar with a free-flowing design and an eating area that can hold up to 75 guests and a rooftop dining area for 50 guests with panoramic views of the park and nearby buildings. A sustainable, green roof space was constructed to conserve and collect runoff water, repurposing it for the park’s trees, grass, and plants. The restaurant’s architecture features a dramatic, upward cantilever roof that extends over the park’s walkways and provides a unique perspective to pay homage to Detroit’s downtown historic architecture. The central lawn features recreational space for sports and relaxation and includes a roll-in stage to be used for various entertainment, along with areas for mobile food vendors and designated areas for bicycle parking.