And the winner is…
Woodward between Fort and MichiganDetroit, MI 48226
Neighborhood: Downtown Detroit
Just a few votes separated Campus Martius and Belle Isle for the best outdoor chill space, but this central gathering place for thousands of downtown workers and residents, with green space, a fountain and a performance stage, took the prize. The 1.6-acre park features free concerts, an ice skating rink in winter, the Fountain Bistro restaurant and other attractions.
Belle Isle ParkDetroit, MI 48201
There are plenty of tree-shaded tables and benches with views ranging from the Detroit River and skyline to one of the Isle's many ponds. Or there's always the "head into the woods and see what happens" option -- you never know who, or what, you'll find back there.
150 W. JeffersonDetroit, MI 48226
A seasonal favorite in Detroit with a colorful crowd of attendees, the outdoor complex located on the riverfront, features several stages, a landmark fountain and is home to a series of summer festivals and concerts including the Downtown Hoedown, Movement and the Detroit Jazz Fest.
Second at W. Grand Blvd.Detroit, MI 48202
Neighborhood: New Center Area
The park is a developed green space across from the Fisher Bldg. It is the site of many summer concerts and neighborhood programs.
Michigan at 14th StreetDetroit, MI 48216
Neighborhood: Corktown/Michigan Ave.
Roosevelt Park is next to Detroit's Corktown neighborhood and in the shadow of one of Detroit's most magnificent derelict buildings, the Michigan Central Station.