Residents and merchants have suggested that East Downtown needs special events and reasons to keep people around in the evenings to liven up the neighborhood. Not only are we planning things to do, but we’re helping beautify the places to do them.
The EDDDA added beauty and vitality to East Downtown Dearborn with a new summertime signature event series, all new bike racks around the neighborhood and new benches and tables in City Hall Park.
District residents tell us that they would like more to do here after work and merchants open in the evenings want reasons to keep customers coming later in the day. The 2008 successful Music Under the Stars concerts at City Hall Park show that people are willing to hang out in the neighborhood if offered fun activities to keep them here.
This year we sponsored another of the Recreation Department’s Music Under the Stars concerts at City Hall Park, 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 30th as part of their Citywide concert series. We’re also proud to announce a new partnership with Smooth Jazz V98.7 and launched our own whole series of Wednesday evening concerts in the park in July and August over the summer!
Smooth Jazz chose the muscians and they promoted the series to their listeners at every turn. We also did our own concert promotions in and around East Downtown.
In 2008 it became clear that the old outdoor furniture at City Hall Park needed replacement, so the EDDDA stepped in with attractive new tables and benches in and around the park, including checkerboard game tops on some tables. From our office windows, they appear to be a hit with an increased number of park visitors this year.
Concertgoers brought picnic dinners from nearby restaurants and took advantage of the new furniture over the summer, and of course brought blankets and hung out on the grass to enjoy the entertainment that will no doubt become a popular tradition in East Downtown over time as the series grows.