PRESS RELEASE: Open Streets Detroit Announces Programming Partners and Activity Hubs for Inaugural Event

September 13, 2016 (DETROIT) – The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) today announced the complete list of programming partners for Open Streets Detroit, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation. After receiving an overwhelming response for a call for programming applications, nearly 75 partners have been selected to provide free and fun activities for attendees to enjoy along the nearly four-mile route. From soccer to yoga, activities for dogs to dance workshops, there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

“The community’s response to our call for programming is a reflection of the excitement and anticipation leading up to Open Streets Detroit’s inaugural event,” said Eric Larson, CEO, DDP. “With nearly 75 programming partners throughout the four-mile route, we are continuously working with the City of Detroit on a variety of activities that will get people moving and connect them to their neighbors.”

Open Streets Detroit will temporarily turn two major city streets into safe, open, car-free zones for local families and the community to run, bike, shop and play together for the first time in the city’s history. The inaugural event will take place along Michigan Avenue and West Vernor Highway from noon to 5 p.m. on two weekends this fall -- Sunday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 2. The events are free and open to participants of all ages, and families are encouraged to attend.

“We envision that Open Streets Detroit will connect our local neighborhoods, residents and businesses, and draw visitors from near and far to experience the culture and vitality of these communities,” said Faye Nelson, vice president, DTE Energy, and board chair and president, DTE Energy Foundation. “We are proud to support this inaugural Detroit event and join the ranks of 200 other global cities that participate in the Open Streets movement.”

Programming highlights include:
•    Dance workshops
•    Cycling events, such as obstacle courses and scavenger hunts
•    Children’s activities, such as sidewalk chalk art, lawn games and literary programs
•    Live bands and DJs
•    Exercise classes such as yoga, Zumba, Thai Chi and others
•    Dog training classes
•    Sporting events, such as street hockey and soccer clinics, led by Detroit City FC
•    Art events, such as a solar powered pottery studio, weaving workshops and art fairs

This is just a small sample of the activities that will be available for families to enjoy throughout the route. All activities are free and open to all ages. While programming will take place throughout the route, Open Streets Detroit will also have three key activity hubs at Campus Martius Park in Downtown, Roosevelt Park in Corktown, and Clark Park in Southwest. 

In addition to major support from the DTE Energy Foundation, the 2016 Open Streets Detroit pilot is made possible through support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The collaborative effort also is supported by the City of Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Detroit Future City, Detroit Greenways Coalition, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority, DTE Energy, Henry Ford Health System, Jefferson East, Inc., and Wayne State University.

For more information on Open Streets Detroit, visit openstreetsdet.org, or follow Open Streets Detroit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Downtown Detroit Partnership
Downtown Detroit Partnership strengthens and supports Downtown Detroit through strategic initiatives and programs. DDP convenes business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant, resilient urban core for Detroit and the surrounding community. For more information, visit downtowndetroit.org. 

About the DTE Energy Foundation
The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.2 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2015, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $15 million in grant support to nonprofits throughout the company's service territories. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. http://www.dteenergy.com/foundation.


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