DETROIT — A new public space featuring illuminated artwork and music is ready to open in downtown Detroit.

A ribbon-cutting Thursday morning at Beacon Park at Grand River and Cass will kick off weekend activities that include giant illuminated seesaws, after-work parties and yoga.

The Matrix Theatre Company, Ballet Folklorico and Mosaic Youth Theatre will perform Saturday.

Small luminaires throughout the garden spaces will twinkle, change colors and dim with weather events, movement, sound or music. Come Play Detroit will run recreational leagues.

The Downtown Detroit Partnership, supported by a DTE Energy Foundation grant, will operate the park.

DTE Energy Chair and Chief Executive Gerry Anderson says the park is projected to attract 1 million visitors each year and be a catalyst for development in west central downtown.

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