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Grand Circus Park, Detroit

#6 of 9 in Parks in Detroit
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Grand Circus Park Historic District contains the 5acre Grand Circus Park in Downtown Detroit, Michigan that connects the theatre district with its financial district. It is bisected by Woodward Avenue, four blocks north of Campus Martius Park, and is roughly bounded by Clifford, John R. and Adams Streets. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The building at 25 West Elizabeth Street was added to the district in 2000, and additional structures located within the district, but built between 1932 and 1960, were approved for inclusion in 2012.HistoryA part of Augustus Woodward's plan to rebuild the city after the fire of 1805, the city established the park in 1850. Woodward's original plan called for the park to be a full circle, but after construction began, property owners north of Adams Street were reluctant to sell due to rising land values. The Detroit Opera House overlooks the eastern edge of the park and the grounds include statuary and large fountains. Near this historic site, General George Armstrong Custer delivered a eulogy for thousands gathered to mourn the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Architect Henry Bacon designed the Russell Alger Memorial Fountain (1921) in Grand Circus Park. Bacon's other projects include the Lincoln Memorial (1915–1922) in Washington, D.C. The fountain contains a classic Roman figure symbolizing Michigan by American sculptor Daniel French who sculpted the figure of Lincoln for the Memorial.
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  • Best spot in Detroit downtown. I would highly recommend it. It's great area for a walk and people watching. It's surrounded by bunch of fancy restaurants. Vibes are totally different in winter & summer. For parking - I would recommend to use public parking which is $10 per day.
  • Good place to walk around and enjoy the Detroit city views. Occasionally events or things happen at the park but nothing like other parks around the Detroit area. Its a nice park but does require quite some work, which seems to be in progress. Much potential within this park, but perhaps in the future.

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