Laughter and smiles from hundreds of children replaced ceremony and speeches on Saturday at the one-year anniversary celebration of Beacon Park in downtown Detroit. Event organizers marked the first year of Detroit’s newest public space with a party for children in foster care and those living in low-resource neighborhoods.

Superhero characters mixed and mingled as the kids visited an exotic zoo, played with balloon animals, built BrushBots and gave a serious workout to a bouncy castle. The smell of hot dogs on the grill at Lumen Detroit seasoned the damp summer air while a DJ spun tunes adding to the midday energy.

“Beacon Park has been a magnet for activity since the day it opened a year ago,” said Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “It was wonderful to celebrate our Beacon Park’s first year with an awesome summer party with our guests of honor from the foster care community and low-resource neighborhoods who deserve a chance to just relax and have fun.”

DTE Energy and the DTE Beacon Park Foundation worked with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, nonprofit partners and faith-based organizations to invite foster families and families in Detroit overcoming challenges. DTE also tapped into its Care Force of employee volunteers to help out with the party.

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