Encyclopedia Of Detroit

Hart Plaza

Hart Plaza, located south of the intersection of Jefferson and Woodward, is situated approximately on the site where Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landed in 1701 and founded the settlement that became the City of Detroit.

This open riverfront park is named in honor of the late Senator Philip A. Hart and opened in 1975. Hart Plaza is a popular focal point for festivals and public gatherings with the capacity of 40,000 people. It is home to several pieces of artwork and has at its center the Isamu Noguchi-designed Dodge Fountain.

In 2006 the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority added a cruise ship dock and passenger terminal to the site. The Plaza is also part of the Detroit River Walk, a promenade stretching 5 ½ miles from the Ambassador Bridge to Belle Isle.



Photo of Hart Plaza, 1979

Hart Plaza Amphitheater, 1979

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