PRESS RELEASE: New Pop-Up Public Square Launches in Downtown Auburn Hills



The past meets the future in Downtown Auburn Hills

Media contacts: Samantha Seimer, Director of Authorities, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6806;; Kyle Scislowicz, Media Communications Specialist, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6726;

Auburn Hills, MI—October 2—The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth, is pleased to announce its new ‘Pop-Up Public Square’.  Tucked in the heart of downtown Auburn Hills, lies an otherwise forgotten municipal parking lot; until now.

This area, located at the intersection of Auburn and North Squirrel, directly behind Mom’s memorial, was the original platted Auburn Town Square in 1826.  In recent years, the parking lot adjacent to The DEN at 3388 Auburn Road, has been the gathering place for a variety of community events.

The Auburn Hills Tax Increment Finance Authority recently approved the purchase of artificial turf to create the new ‘Pop-Up Public Square’ to enhance downtown by adding more greenspace.  The Square will be adorned with bistro lights to illuminate the area into the evening hours.  The Square reclaims a typically car-designated area of concrete, into a lush pedestrian gathering space for community engagement, events, and imagination. 

“The Pop-Up Public Square will have lasting benefits to the community. The Tax Increment Finance Authority’s innovation has created a hands-on approach to improve downtown and completely reimagine and reinvent an uncharacteristically gray public space,” said Patrick Hassett, Chairman of the Tax Increment Finance Authority. “The town square will be a community asset for residents and visitors to share and strengthen the connection between the people and downtown Auburn Hills," he added.    

Downtown Auburn Hills is a recreation destination surrounded by an abundance parks, natural amenities, and trail systems.  Community events taking place in Downtown will now feature this wonderful community asset. 

On Friday, October 6, join us after the Avondale Homecoming Parade, to experience the brand new Pop-Up Public Square.  At 7:00 PM, that same evening, there will be a sunset yoga under the lights, followed by cider and doughnuts at The DEN.

Visit the City of Auburn Hills Facebook page for event details.

About Auburn Hills 
The City of Auburn Hills is a distinguished leader in southeast Michigan. Home to approximately 23,000 residents, as well as a workday population of approximately 100,000, Auburn Hills continues to be a thriving global business address. It is home to over 70 international corporations and hosts the World and North American headquarters for numerous outstanding businesses such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Continental Automotive Systems, Faurecia, and BorgWarner. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award-winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at