Visitors to this weekend’s Harvestfest at the Dequinidre Cut will get a preview of a new addition to the greenway. A shipping container Freight Yard—with artisans, food vendors, music, and a biergarten—will have a grand opening in spring 2018 and a preview October 21.
The Freight Yard is located along the Dequindre Cut between Wilkins and Division Streets in the Eastern Market area. The Freight Yard has nine shipping containers installed in a pattern, with a centerpiece that features five shipping containers stacked on top of each other to house a DJ booth and retail space. We can also expect lighting, furnishings, and colorful art from local artists.
Checking out the construction site at the Dequindre Cut Freight Yard this morning. Detroit and Knight Cities Challenge, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Groundswell Design Group have partnered with students from Lawrence Tech and Detroit Western International High School to develop what will become one of the first major public-use projects in the city using shipping containers. The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard is the brainchild of Ponyride Co-founder, Phillip Cooley and Lawrence Tech Professor, Steve Coy. Once finished, the project will include a play area, shaded pavilions, a hub for live entertainment and retail area for local entrepreneurs to sell food and products . . . . #ponyridedetroit #dequindrecut #detroit #community #shippingcontainer #detroitfreightyard #design
The Freight Yard is a partnership between the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Build Institute, Lawrence Technological University, Western International High School, Ponyride, and Groundswell Design Group.
You may have been wondering what we've been constructing on the north end of the #DequindreCut. Well on Saturday, come to #HarvestFestDetroit to see Dequindre Cut Freight Yard, our brand new shipping container retail and gathering space, located on the Cut! For more details and to learn more about the project, visit http://detroitriverfront.org/FreightYard2017
“The Freight Yard will transform the way people interact with the Dequindre Cut,” said Mark Wallace, president & CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. “The Cut is perfect for recreation and exercise, and as a connection between Eastern Market and the riverfront. The Freight Yard will provide a local food destination at the Cut and serve as a hub for local entrepreneurs.”
Harvestfest runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 21 throughout the Cut. Expect pumpkins, trick or treating, hayrides, music, and more. Both Harvestfest and the Freight Yard preview are free, with food and drink available to purchase.