Last year, Detroit closed off Michigan Avenue and West Vernor Highway for two Sunday afternoons, opening the streets for bikes, pedestrians, and various family activities. Open Streets was a big success, and it’s coming back for a second round on October 1 this year. The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) is currently looking for program partners to participate in the celebration.
This year will have a different starting point at the newly opened Beacon Park. From there, it will move into Corktown down Michigan Avenue, along side Michigan Central Station, and into Southwest down Vernor Highway.
“We received a lot of positive feedback from participants and business owners from last year’s events, and we’re looking forward to working with the Corktown and Southwest Detroit communities to further build off that momentum,” said Lisa Nuszkowski, Project Lead, Open Streets Detroit. “We found that there is a real desire for a program like Open Streets, which helps connect communities, support local businesses, and encourages people to get out and get active.”
Open Streets Detroit is currently looking for program partners who can “create family-friendly participatory activities focused on health, wellness, arts, and culture.” Interested groups can apply here by August 31.