Detroit to rename park in honor of Aretha Franklin
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Detroit’s Chene Park will be renamed in honor of the late singer Aretha Franklin.

Mayor Mike Duggan (D) announced during the "Queen of Soul's" funeral Friday at Greater Grace Temple that the park would be renamed Aretha Franklin Park, The Associated Press reported.

The mayor said he met with Detroit City Council members about the name change earlier this month and plans to send them a proposal for approval Tuesday.


"Our beautiful waterfront jewel will be Aretha Franklin Park," Duggan said of the park, which he called "a place that belongs to all Detroiters." 

Duggan said the move to honor Franklin, who was born in Detroit, will remind performers for generations to come that they “are performing at the home of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin." 

"When Aretha Franklin sang, it sounded like the voice of Detroit,” the mayor added.

According to the AP, Franklin performed at the Chene Park Amphitheater in 2015 in honor of its 30th anniversary. The park also hosted a musical tribute to the late singer on Thursday night. 

Duggan said during his speech that the amphitheater draws thousands of concertgoers every year and said anyone who attended the musical tribute on Thursday "knows it is now one of the finest outdoor music venues in the United States."