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A SUMMER OF FUN PLANNED IN CAMPUS MARTIUS

A SUMMER OF FUN PLANNED IN CAMPUS MARTIUS

The Fountain Detroit, a beach-casual restaurant housed in a repurposed shipping container, is now open in Campus Martius Park and feeding those hungry and thirsty as they hang out at the beach.

The new restaurant takes the place of the former Fountain Bistro with new ownership and an entirely new feel and flare as an urban beach getaway. The large shipping container, where the actual restaurant is housed in, will offer a pickup window for those looking to snag a quick lunch to go, in addition to a full bar with beach themed cocktails, favorite Michigan beers and more.

The dining area on the deck features colorful seating, planters and big blue umbrellas to create a vibrant and exciting atmosphere for happy hour drinks or a weekend ‘staycation’ feel.
The food menu is packed with locally-sourced fresh options, like salads, snacks, sandwiches and burgers. Snack box options like Michigan Cheese & Fruit with cheese selections from Piconning, Zingerman’s and more with Eastern Market seasonal fruits and a Hummus & Veggie dish make for tasty and refreshing selections on the run.

The small bites portion of the menu includes Hamtramck Pierogis, Chips & Guac and Fountain Frites while the burger menu offers a Falafel Burger, a Classic Burger and a Salmon Burger. The Fountain also serves up paninis and salads.

Aiming to be a refreshing oasis in the city, The Fountain’s drink menu is full of frozen and blended cocktails in addition to nonalcoholic choices. Favorite prohibition cocktails will have a Fountain twist and be available on tap as to ensure quickness, consistency and freshness.
A carefully developed list of local craft beers and wines will also be available for guests.

For more information on their full menu and programming, visit fountaindetroit.com. Find The Fountain on Facebook and Twitter @thefountaindetroit.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW IN CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK?

The Quicken Loans Sports Zone is back in Campus Martius Park’s Cadillac Square and features four outdoor basketball courts and a sand volleyball area which is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., May 20 – August 29.
Detroit artist Jesse Kassel created and painted the designs on this year’s basketball courts with the help of The Alley Project (TAP), which is a program out of Southwest Detroit that provides both youth and the community a mentorship and development opportunity through art.

The Quicken Loans Sports Zone invites residents, visitors and downtown employees alike to drop in on a pick-up game, join a Monday night volleyball league organized by Come Play Detroit or participate in one of the Sports Zone’s organized basketball events.

For more information on how to register for Monday night volleyball, visit comeplaydetroit.com and for more information on basketball events and how to register, visit detroitsportszone.org.

Quicken Loans Summer in the Parks is back

Quick Loans Summer in the Parks features free entertainment daily with over 500 events throughout the summer in downtown’s five historic parks- Campus Martius, Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, Grand Circus and Paradise Valley’s Beatrice Buck. Quicken Loans summer programming is in its 12th year and the entertainment is set to include premiere performances, such as country star Clare Dunn, indie rock band American Authors and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, entertainment and health. The Wise Fools New Mexico are scheduled to perform “See Saw” which is a one-of-a-kind aerial performance.

As part of Quicken Loans Summer in the Parks, 4th Fridays are also back with a kick off on June 24 with Nashville recording store Clare Dunn. The day will be filled with country music as a downtown hoedown celebration.

The first 4th Friday schedule is as follows:
Noon – 2 p.m. — “Lunchtime Acoustics” – Robb Cairns
Noon – 2 p.m. — “Meridian Mid-Day Music Series” – Annabelle Road
5:30 p.m. — Austin Scott
7 p.m. — Karin Elizabeth & The Remedy Band
9 p.m. — Clare Dunn

Networking events are also on the schedule with the popular Marketing Associates Beach Party which takes place each Friday at the beach at Campus Martius Park. Professionals are invited to mingle over snacks and beverages from the newest addition to the park, The Fountain.

“This summer’s season of programming will be jam-packed with daily events, along with a few additional big surprises we’ll look to announce very soon,” said John Marcicky, director of placemaking at Quicken Loans.
The Healthy Moves portion of the summer programming includes over 90 exercise activities and options like yoga, beach body workouts and tai chi at Campus Martius, Cadillac Square and Grand Circus Park.

Pulse in the Park, a free summer boot camp series hosted by Pulse Fitness, is scheduled for Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in Cadillac Square on the follow dates:
June 14, 21 – kick-box and core
July 12, 19 – a$$ and abs
August 16, 23 – fitness challenge
Participants are granted free two hour parking in a nearby garage after validation. For more information, visit pulsefitnesstraining.com.

Faygo Night in the D features blockbuster films on Saturday nights and throughout the week food trucks will be available for your taste buds at your lunch hour.

Detroit SummerFest is slated to close out the summer season at the end of August with performers, food, drink and various activities spread throughout the five parks.

For more information on scheduling and planning, visit downtowndetroitparks.com.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5

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