New park opens in downtown Jackson

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) – Summer fun like concerts and outdoor events are just around the corner.

This summer in Jackson, people will have a new park to take in music and performances.

The CP Federal City Square officially opened Friday with a ribbon cutting and big reveal.

The city of Jackson hopes this new park will become the center of life in downtown Jackson.

It’s a very important place in the history of Jackson.

“This is the original city square. Back when it was Jacksonburg and the town was established,” said Mayor Bill Jors.

And now the city square is updating this area for the 21st century.

“It’s fantastic to be able to have this park here,” Jors said.

Located on the site of the old Consumers Energy headquarters on Michigan Avenue, the $640,000 project came together thanks to city funds, grants, and donations from local companies.

CP Federal Credit Union acquired naming rights to the park through a donation.

Vice Mayor Derek Dobies worked for several years to make this happen.

“This project has been incentivizing and building excitement around a lot of the projects we have like the Hayes Hotel, the developments along Glick. We’re excited to have it open to the public,” Dobies said.

The city square will be used for concerts, performances, and movie nights.

The backdrop to all this entertainment is a historic glass mural that used to hang in the old Consumers headquarters.

Created by renowned artist Glidden Parker, it depicts how energy is created.

Mayor Jors says this is project shows the potential of Jackson.

“We have the resources to do things like this when those groups do collaborate and come together,” Jors said.

The first big event at the city square is Friday, May 12.

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is hosting a fundraising concert.

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