If you build it, they will come, and boy will they love it. Although the term "Public Square" may seem a little dated, the whole idea is still alive and well across America. From coast to coast, communities gather to enjoy parks, concerts, outdoor activities, and more in public squares across the country the best of the best is right here in Michigan.

USA Today recently released the results of its yearly USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Each year readers weigh in on their top picks for the "best" in various categories. In the category of "Best Public Square", a popular Detroit spot took home the top honors, and we completely understand why.

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For the second year in a row,  Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit, Michigan is officially home to the Best Public Square in the U.S. Located in the heart of the city, Campus Martius Park offers four seasons of fun from ice skating to even an urban beach, and its Christmas tree rivals Rockefeller Center in NYC. Here's what USA Today had to say about the popular spot;

"Campus Martius Park serves as Detroit’s gathering place, where locals and visitors alike can come to take in the skyline views, people-watch around the Woodward Fountain, grab a meal from a food truck, or go ice skating in winter".

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The famous Campus Martius Park was created in 2003 at the site of Detroit’s point of origin located at 0 miles, where the vision for the city’s plan was originally laid out by Augustus Woodward in 1805. The history alone is worth a visit if you haven't had the chance to discover it yet.

The Detroit park beat out locations in Tennessee, Utah, and Colorado.  You can view the full list here. 

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