Chene Park in Detroit to be Renamed Aretha Franklin Park, Mayor Reveals During Singer's Funeral

The city of Detroit is honoring Aretha Franklin's legacy by naming a state park after the late soul singer.

During Franklin's funeral service at Greater Grace Temple on Friday, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Chene Park would be renamed Aretha Franklin Park after he hands a proposal for the motion over to Detroit City Council on Tuesday.

"Our beautiful waterfront jewel will be Aretha Franklin Park," Duggan said.

Shortly after Duggan's announcement, Council President Brenda Jones confirmed an ordinance will be passed allowing the naming of the property to Aretha Franklin Park.

The park, which sits on the banks of the Detroit River just across the water from Windsor, Canada, is a local staple for performances and concerts.

It's only fitting that the park is renamed after Franklin, who has performed at the Chene Park Amphitheatre on a number of occasions over the span of her nearly 60-year music career. The last time she held a concert at Chene Park was in 2015.

Not only will the renaming of the park show the significance and impact Franklin had on the city in which she lived, but Duggan said it will serve as a constant reminder to future acts who grace the park's stage "that they are performing at the home of the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin."

There were massive crowds at the park the night before Franklin's funeral after dozens of artists took to the stage for a tribute concert honoring the late singer. The event, which brought out 6,000 guests, featured not only Detroit singers and dancers, but acts from across the globe on Thursday.

Director and actor Tyler Perry served as the event host while singers like Jonny Gill, Keith Washington, Raheem DeVaughn, Angie Stone, Regina Belle and several others belted out hits from Franklin's discography.

Franklin died after suffering pancreatic cancer on August 16. She was 76 years old.

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