Get ready for family fun on the streets of Detroit this fall. 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. There has never before been an event like this in Detroit.
Open Streets Detroit, presented by DTE Energy will include free and fun activities, including yoga, soccer, dance workshops, and dog activities. The lineup of events is the result of more than 75 organizations that have been selected to partner with the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP).
“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.”
The first Open Streets Detroit will take place along Michigan Avenue and West Vernor Highway from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Oct. 2. The events are free and open to participants of all ages. 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.”
Program highlights for Open Streets Detroit include dance workshops, cycling events, children’s activities, live bands, dog training classes, and art events. 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, Roosevelt Park, and Clark Park.