FAQ

Want to learn more about Open Streets Detroit? See below for frequently asked questions from participants, business owners, activity partners and volunteers.

 
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General

+ When and where is Open Streets Detroit being held?

When: Open Streets Detroit - Rouge Park is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2018. Open Streets Detroit- Southwest is scheduled to be held Sunday, October 7, 2018

Where: Beautiful Rouge Park, the City of Detroit's largest public park.

+ What should I bring with me?

  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Non-professional film and digital cameras
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable footwear

+ What happens if it rains?

Open Streets Detroit is a rain or shine event. Please check the weather report and prepare accordingly.

+ What happens if I get tired along the route?

There will be plenty of seating along the route where people can rest. For cases of serious exhaustion, please contact the nearest volunteer.

+ Where can I park?

We encourage people to arrive to the event on foot or on bike. However, if you choose to drive, we will have designated parking throughout the route. Stay tuned for more details.

+ Is smoking allowed?

This is a family friendly event focused on health and physical activity, and we encourage people not to smoke along the route.

+ Is Open Streets Detroit accessible to people with disabilities?

We encourage people with disabilities to attend and enjoy Open Streets. Handicap accessible restrooms will be available in all of our activities hubs.

+ Any tips on preparation for a day at Open Streets Detroit?

  • Sunglasses
  • Lather up in sunscreen and bug spray
  • Bring a hat
  • Wear comfy shoes
  • Stay hydrated! Drink water before you get to the event and enjoy the beverage offerings of the vendors at the festival. You’re also welcome to bring water bottles with you.
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Program Partners

+ What should I bring to Open Streets Detroit?

Please bring anything you need to execute your program effectively, including banners and signage! Open Streets will not be providing tables or tents. It is incumbent upon program partners to bring these and other items themselves.

+ Can I sell merchandise?

All activities must be fun, free, and family-friendly. Sales of merchandise must fall with the City of Detroit Parks guidelines.

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Volunteers

+ I would like to volunteer for Open Streets. How can I apply?

Thanks for your interest in volunteering! Please take a moment to fill out the volunteer form under the 'Apply' tab on our website, and someone will be in touch with you soon.

+ How long are shifts?

Shifts are about four hours each where you will be standing or walking the majority of the time. You are required to do one full shift.

+ What if I get tired during my shift? Can I sit down?

Most assignments require you to be standing or walking the majority of the time. We recommend bringing a small travel chair if you have one to take sitting breaks as needed.

+ What kinds of roles are there for volunteers?

Please see the volunteer role descriptions here.

+ How do I know what I should be doing?

You will receive an email confirmation with an assigned role, volunteer captain, and meeting place day of Open Streets. That captain will answer any questions you have prior to Saturday, July 21, 2018 and will also go over instructions the day of.

+ What is included in a volunteer shift?

Volunteers will get a t-shirt to wear the day of Open Streets, water bottle, snacks, and lunch for the AM shift. Plus the opportunity to share with your family and friends how you were a part of one of Detroit’s coolest events of the year.

+ Where do I park?

We will send a map with identified parking lots along the route or you can check the website for updated parking lot information.

+ What should I bring?

We encourage you (but absolutely not mandatory) to bring fun activities to keep you and participants busy such as hula hoops, chalk, music, etc.

Also consider bringing:

  • Water bottles
  • Comfortable shoes and pants/shorts
  • A backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • A print out of the route map + list of program partners

+ How can I help promote Open Streets?

We want Open Streets to be as successful as possible which means we need your help! Please share and invite your friends to the Facebook event, links below. Use the hashtag #OpenStreets

Links below to additional resources! Facebook Instagram Twitter Website

+ What if something comes up and I need to cancel my shift?

Please let your assigned captain or the volunteer cooridnator (volunteer@openstreetsdet.org) know as early as possible if you can no longer work your shift. If you have someone that could replace you, please send their information our way.

+ Can I organize a group to volunteer?

Yes! Whether it’s through your work, community organization, church, or just a group of friends we’d love to work with you on organizing the best group experience possible. Please email roland@mogodetroit.org for more information.

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