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Open Streets returns to Southwest Detroit and Corktown October 7

Car-free for a day

Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

For the third year in a row, Michigan Avenue and West Vernor Highway will be filled with pedestrians, bikes, and probably scooters on October 7 as Open Streets returns.

This year’s event runs from Third Avenue near downtown all the way to Military Street in Southwest Detroit. The car-free event highlights local retail offerings and gives visitors a chance to check out work by local arts and health organizations.

MoGo bikes will also be free to ride on this day (within the 30 minute limit). The normal $8 day fee will be waived. When getting a bike pass, the kiosk will have a $0 option for that day, but riders will still have to enter a credit card. In order to avoid charges from riding over 30 minutes, take a bike back to a docking station and get a new one.

Visitors can expect activities such as tennis led by the U.S. Tennis Association Southeastern Michigan District, yoga and tai chi, ultimate frisbee led by the Detroit Ultimate Frisbee League, hip hop and street dance from the Motor City Dance Academy, live music, arts, and more.

“Open Streets Detroit offers us the unique opportunity to demonstrate the role the Center of Music & Performing Arts Southwest (COMPAS) plays in Detroit’s community, as well as providing high quality performing arts training and experiences for youth and adults,” said Guadalupe Martinez, Director of COMPAS. “We are a locally run group based in Southwest Detroit and this event allows us to show attendees some of the classes and trainings available through COMPAS.”

Like last year, Roosevelt Park and Clark Park will serve as main hubs for programming, but activities will be set up the whole way. Open Streets runs from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 7.

Scenes from last year’s Open Streets can be found here.