- Campus Martius Park
park=Campus Martius Park
caption=Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Campus Martius
City of Detroit)
status=Open all yearInfobox park
park=Cadillac Square Park
Bagley Memorial Fountainon Cadillac Square facing Campus Martius.
City of Detroit)
status=Open all year
Campus Martius Park is a re-established park in downtown Detroit,
Michigan. After the fire of 1805, Campus Martius(from the Latinfor "Field of Mars", where Roman heroes walked) was the focal point of judge Augustus Woodward's plans to rebuild the city. [David Lee Poremba (Sept. - Oct., 1999). [http://www.michiganhistorymagazine.com/detroit/pdf/so99lee.pdf Detroit's Field of Mars: Campus Martius] "Michigan History Magazine"] It is where the "point of origin" of Detroit's coordinate system is located. Seven miles (11 km) north of this point is 7 Mile Road; eight miles (13 km) north is 8 Mile Road, and so on. The precise point of origin is marked by a medallion [ [http://www.campusmartiuspark.org/img/content/point%20of%20orig.jpgCampus Martius Park - Point of Origin medallion] ] embedded in the stone walkway. It is situated in the eastern point of the diamond surrounding the Woodward Fountain [ [http://www.campusmartiuspark.org/park_siteplan.htm Campus Martius Park site plan] ] , just in front of the Au Bon Painstore.The park is located at the intersection of Woodward Avenueand Michigan Avenue. The original park covered several acres and was a major gathering area for citizens. The park was lost in the 1900s as the city's downtown was reconfigured to accommodate increased vehicular traffic. Hart Plaza, along the riverfront, was designed to replace Campus Martius as a point of importance. But as Hart Plaza is a primarily hard-surfaced area, many residents came to lament the lack of true park space in the city's downtown area. This led to calls to rebuild Campus Martius, the site of the Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' Monumentof the American Civil Warlocated across from the new Compuware Headquarters. Grand Circus Parkis on Woodward Avenue, down the street from Campus Martius Park.
The new Campus Martius Park was dedicated on
November 19, 2004. It includes two stages, sculptures, public spaces and a seasonal ice skating rink.At convert|1.2|acre|ha|, the park is smaller than its predecessor, as a full restoration of the original would have required the demolition of several buildings. However, the city is currently working to increase the amount of park space in the area by constructing the new Cadillac Square Park immediately to the east of Campus Martius. Cadillac Square Park is scheduled to open in the late summer of 2007
The park's skating rink is designed to resemble the one at
Rockefeller Centerin New York City. Campus Martius Park is the home of the annual Motown Winter Blast, an event that draws 450,000+ people to the downtown area every year.
Cadillac Square Park
Cadillac Square Park is a re-established park in downtown Detroit,
Michigan. The city of Detroit is currently working to increase the amount of park space in the area by constructing the new park, which is immediately to the east of Campus Martius Park. Cadillac Square Park opened in the late summer of 2007. The city moved Bagley Memorial Fountainto Cadillac Square from its former location on Campus Martius.
In January 2008, the City of Detroit announced plans for a new
Cadillac Centre, a $150 million mixed-use residential entertainment-retail complex attached to the Cadillac Tower. Designed by architect Anthony Caradonna and patterned after the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the contemporary steel and glass 24-story skyscraper complex to be located on Campus Martius Park planned to begin construction in the fall of 2009.PRNewswire (January 6, 2008). [http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/01-06-2008/0004731011&EDATE= Detroit Gets New Era in Downtown Living With Iconic $150 Million Cadillac Centre on Campus Martius Park] . Retrieved on January 13, 2008.]
Detroit International Riverfront
Grand Circus Park Historic District
References and further reading
*Cite book | author=Sobocinski, Melanie Grunow | title= Detroit and Rome: building on the past | publisher=Regents of the University of Michigan| year=2005 | id=ISBN 0933691092
* [http://www.campusmartiuspark.org/ Official Site]
* [http://info.detnews.com/history/story/index.cfm?id=160&category=locations Campus Martius Park History]
* [http://www.expotv.com/videos/reviews/21/188/Campus-Martius-Park/175198 Video review of the park with on-site footage]
* [http://www.mapdetroit.com/dev1/main_home.html MAPDETROIT.COM]
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