frequently asked questions

What is Beacon Park?
On July 20, 2017, DTE Energy opened a new and exciting park for Detroiters and visitors to enjoy at the corner of Grand River and First Ave. Beacon Park spans 1.2 acres of downtown Detroit and features stunning light installations, a circular, open lawn space, a contemporary two-story restaurant with rooftop dining and year-round activities and entertainment. This park hosts a full program of daily organized activities and entertainment such as musical performances, food trucks, lunch and after-work parties, concerts, lighting spectacles, children’s events, farmer’s markets, fitness and exercise, micro league sports and games, and other special events. DTE Energy converted an empty triangle of land, adjacent to our downtown headquarters, into a beautiful green park and a magnet for the community and new development. Within five to ten minutes walking distance to major downtown Detroit attractions, including Woodward’s entertainment corridor and central business district, the park is a place for friends and family to gather on workdays, and on weekends.
What does the name mean?
Beacon Park’s name reflects the park’s mission to bring light, energy and motion to west central downtown.
When is the park open?
Beacon Park is open to the public every day from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Where is Beacon Park located?
Beacon Park is located on Grand River and First Street, outside of DTE Energy’s downtown headquarters. Both the park’s location and its distinctive amenities help spur development in the area. Sited between the entertainment district – home of Little Caesar’s Arena, Comerica Park and Ford Field – the Central Business District, Corktown, Motor City Casino and MGM Grand Casino, Beacon Park is centrally located within quick walking distance to many of Detroit’s largest sports and entertainment venues. Beacon Parks serves as an inviting and entertaining destination for local residents, businesses, and visitors to congregate and enjoy for generations to come.  The park is also a catalyst for future development, spurring economic growth in the downtown area.
What are Beacon Park’s sustainability efforts?

Beacon Park is a sustainable destination in Downtown Detroit: 

  • The park’s many trees capture more than 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, to purify the air we breathe 
  • Its vibrant native landscaping attracts garden pollinators like native bees, honeybees, and butterflies 
  • The eco-friendly turf and permeable pavers help to prevent flooding by allowing rainwater to pass through to the ground below easily 
  • Its bioswale helps to guide rainwater across our landscape and into the ground during rain events, also aiding in the prevention of flooding (diverting water from the combined storm and sewer system)  
  • The park has an ambitious goal of diverting 2 tons of recyclable material from landfills each year 

Learn more about Beacon Park’s sustainability efforts here.

Additionally, Lumen is one of the City’s greenest downtown restaurants, with LED lighting, high-efficiency HVAC equipment, and a stateoftheart green roof that reduces surface runoff by 24%. The 4,000-square-foot building is LEED Silver certified.  

Who should I contact if I want to reserve the park?
The DTE Energy Beacon Park Foundation partners with the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) to program activities, events and entertainment for Beacon Park to ensure that the park hums with excitement and adds to the vitality of the city. DDP programs the park year-round with events including national musical acts and art installations. To reserve Beacon Park, visit: https://downtowndetroitparks.com/rentals.
What is Lumen?

Lumen is a restaurant that anchors Beacon Park, and it offers eclectic craft fare, a towering beer list and a distinctive alfresco dining experience. Owner Norm and Bonnie LePage have been operating restaurants in southeast Michigan for more than four decades and Lumen joins the list of LePage’s other signature restaurants — Clubhouse BFD in Rochester Hills, Big Rock Chop House and Griffin Claw in Birmingham.

The restaurant’s interior features stunning details, including:

  • Seamless and connected indoor and outdoor dining spaces – sliding glass walls open to offer a flexible floor plan and plentiful outdoor dining.
  • A grand outdoor staircase will lead to a green rooftop dining space with panoramic views of the park and city skyline.
  • An expansive ceiling made of Forest Stewardship Council Certified Sapele mahogany wood – ensuring that the wood is sustainably harvested from responsibly managed forests.

Lumen’s Schedule:

  • Monday & Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 3-9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 3-9 p.m.
  • Friday: 3-10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 3-10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 3-9 p.m.
Who is the media contact for Beacon Park?

Amanda Passage at at 313-235-9207

How can I use the Beacon Park logo?

The Beacon Park Brand Standards sets the rules and guidelines for how we visually present our brand to the world. These standards help ensure all materials remain both coherent and consistent with the visual design.
Download here*.
*By downloading the DTE Logo Pack, you agree to use the logo in accordance with the brand standards.

Can I bring a large group to an event at Beacon Park?

Any size group is welcome to attend, however Beacon Park will not have reserved areas available for large groups. All seating areas are available for park guests on a first come first serve basis. We request that you do not rearrange our furniture for larger groups.

What can I not bring when visiting Beacon Park?

All signage must be approved by Beacon Park before your group arrives. The following items are prohibited in the park: cooking, open flames, sterno or chafing dish fuel, alcohol, large structures or signs, staked signs, drones, professional photography, food, beverage or merchandise sales, soliciting, wagering, climbing on park furniture, moving furniture, amplified sound, disrupting park guests, generators, use of park power or water, and blocking walkways.

Can I bring my pet to Beacon Park?

Trained and leashed pets and their responsible owners are welcome in Beacon Park. Pets must always be on a 6-foot leash and under an owner’s immediate control. Always clean up after your pet and carry a waste bag with you at all times.

What if there is inclement weather?

Cider in the City is rain or shine. If there is severe weather, we will post updates on our social media and cancel the event if necessary to ensure the safety of all visitors.

Beacon Park Hours
6 a.m. - 10 p.m., seven days a week

Lumen Hours
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 3-9 p.m.
Thursday: 3-9 p.m.
Friday: 3-10 p.m.
Saturday: 3-10 p.m.
Sunday: 3-9 p.m.

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