MGM GRAND DETROIT PREPARES FOR FALL GRAND GARDEN, GIVES BACK TO LOCAL COMMUNITY
DETROIT – September 16, 2008 - On the heels of summer, MGM Grand Detroit will remove its Grand Garden colorful blooms, lush plants and plump shrubbery - making way for a new fall display - that will be donated to The Greening of Detroit and the Belle Isle Conservatory.
"We are excited to receive the donation to replace the old palm trees that have reached their maximum height in the 85- foot dome", said Brad Dick, deputy director, City of Detroit General Services Department. "MGM and Hamilton Anderson obviously recognize the importance of preserving the beauty and educational elements that the City of Detroit's Conservatory provides to its community."
MGM Grand Detroit worked in conjunction with Hamilton Anderson Associates - a Detroit-based architecture and design firm - to coordinate the installation and removal of the summer display. Hamilton Anderson has been responsible for guiding and implementing the design of each installation, which takes into account both cost effectiveness and environmental responsibility. In an effort to be green, MGM Grand Detroit has recycled plant materials from each of its Grand Garden displays by transferring appropriate materials from one installation to the next. The construction of the upcoming fall Grand Garden will begin September 22, 2008.
"We believe that each of our Grand Garden designs contributes something special to the community. Whether it be showcasing 1,200-pound pumpkins from a local grower or magnificent 35-foot imported palm trees, each display offers a unique take on the seasons for locals and visitors of our proud city to enjoy," said John Hutar, MGM Grand Detroit's, vice president of hotel operations. "Our commitment to the community includes being environmentally responsible in the planning and execution of our designs."
The Greening of Detroit works to inspire and grow a "greener" Detroit through planting and educational programs, environmental leadership, advocacy, and building the community. The Greening of Detroit will be receiving 153 Double Knock Out Rose shrubs in addition to 81 Buffalo Juniper shrubs for a variety of Detroit Public School projects, including school yard habitats, outdoor classrooms, pocket parks and greenways.
The Belle Isle Conservatory, located on Detroit's Belle Isle in the Detroit River, will receive the centerpieces of the summer Grand Garden display: 12 stately palm trees imported from Florida ranging from 10-35 feet in height. The new trees will replace the current palms in the Conservatory, which have reached the maximum 85-foot limit of the building's ceiling. The Conservatory also will receive 25 brightly colored Hibiscus plants, a mix of 60 smaller tropical plants and three Agave plants.
ABOUT MGM GRAND DETROIT
Named as one of the "Top 10 new U.S. hotels of 2007" by Gayot and one of "53 places to visit in 2008" by The New York Times as part of the Detroit destination, MGM Grand Detroit is the city's first and only downtown hotel, gaming and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests can enjoy three signature restaurants by two of the world's preeminent celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina; in-room dining by Puck in addition to casual restaurants; lounges, including a relaxed piano-style bar; high-energy nightlife; the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan; and 30,000-square-feet of meeting space capable of hosting everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie engagements. Unique characteristics of the destination include a private entrance and lobby "Living Room" for hotel guests only, a concierge level with full-service lounge, in-room dining service by Wolfgang Puck Grille, 24-hour valet and complimentary covered self-parking. Room reservations are available via www.mgmgranddetroit.com or (888) 646-3387.
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For more information regarding the MGM Grand Detroit or this release, contact:
Angela Spencer Ford, GlobalHue
Lynor Pereira, GlobalHue