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Campus Martius in downtown Detroit ain't what it used to be! And that's good

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If you haven't visited Campus Martius in downtown Detroit in a while, be ready to be blown away.

Campus Martius Park is located in the heart of downtown Detroit right in the middle many of the new Dan Gilbert properties, the Guardian Building, the One Kennedy Square buildings and is the gateway to Greektown, Comerica Park and Ford Field.

As recently as a year ago, if you went there at lunch you'd find a smattering of people seated at tables and enjoying lunch in the always clean and polished little park. There was a fountain and many nearby restaurants where you could grab a bite and head over to the park. Quaint? Yeah. Exciting? Not at all.

But now this landmark, award winning little park in the middle of a struggling city is a rockin' hot spot featuring a boardwalk, beach bar, beach chairs, umbrellas, live entertainment on stage and oh yeah, a beach. Complete with sand and everything. Last Friday there was even a Foosball table. And it now draws a pretty large crowd during the day, every day, to perhaps grab a cocktail at the beach bar, sun, relax, eat lunch, read or enjoy one of the many musical entertainment acts featured on a regular basis.

But the Campus Martius fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down. No, no. They also have cool evening (pun intended) activities, like first run movies and name act concerts (okay, maybe they had a "name" a while ago, but still name acts).

The feel and atmosphere when at Campus Martius Park is how it's supposed to be in a major city downtown area. The city is in recovery, and Campus Martius is just one example of how people make it happen.

Visit the Campus Martius website for all of the latest schedules and news.

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