Open Streets Detroit will provide a free, safe and inclusive opportunity for fitness, recreation and community building by opening nearly four miles of continuous roadway to people to experience streets in a new way, whether by walking, running, biking, rollerblading, or skateboarding. In addition to turning the streets over to people, Open Streets Detroit will include complementary programming at locations along the route, such as yoga, dancing, basketball, and other health and wellness activities.
The long-term vision is to make Open Streets Detroit a regular program that highlights a variety of streets and neighborhoods throughout Detroit.
Open Streets Detroit is a unique opportunity to bring the city and the region together through a celebration of public space that fosters community connections. The positive economic impact of Open Streets programs in other communities has been well documented, with local businesses reporting increased patronage on the day of the event and returning customers afterwards. Open Streets Detroit seeks to produce similar benefits by showcasing the city’s business districts, neighborhoods, parks and cultural institutions.
September 25, 2016
Noon to 5 p.m.
October 2, 2016
Noon to 5 p.m.
The inaugural Open Streets Detroit route will cover 3.7 miles along Michigan Avenue and West Vernor Highway. The proposed route begins at Campus Martius Park in Downtown Detroit, connects through Roosevelt Park in Corktown, and continues through Southwest Detroit, past Clark Park, ending at Boyer Playfield located at Livernois and Vernor.
The Open Streets Detroit planning team is comprised of a diverse range of public, private and nonprofit stakeholders, including: the City of Detroit, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Detroit Greenways Coalition, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority, Downtown Detroit Partnership, DTE Energy, Henry Ford Health System, Jefferson East, Inc., and Wayne State University.