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OPEN STREETS DETROIT RECLAIM PUBLIC SPACES BY TRANSFORMING STREETS INTO ACTIVATED PARKS ON SEPT. 25TH & OCT. 2ND

Open Streets Detroit is part of a global movement to reclaim public space for people by temporarily transforming streets into paved parks and public spaces, led by Downtown Detroit Partnership and presented by DTE Energy Foundation. It is free and open to participants of all ages; the large-scale event will temporarily close almost four miles of Michigan Avenue and West Vernor Highway two Sundays this fall, September 25 and October 2 from 12pm-5pm.

Detroit residents and visitors will have two chances to engage with these temporary public spaces in a hands-on way to give the public a chance to stop and smell the roses in Detroit’s most iconic neighborhoods. The Open Streets Project works in tandem with the Alliance for Biking and Walking, which seeks to provide occupied cities with an opportunity to enhance civic unity and get people moving and engaging with neighborhoods across the world.

By temporarily claiming a designated route from noon to 5:00PM, Open Streets Detroit will produce a free, safe and inclusive place for individuals, families and friends to enjoy space usually occupied by cars and traffic. According to Open Streets Detroit, “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, connect through Roosevelt Park in Corktown, and continues through Southwest Detroit, past Clark Park, ending at Boyer Playfield located at Livernois and Vernor.”

Along this route, Open Streets will free up four miles of roadway making room for walking, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding and much more. Open Streets confirms that over 70 local activity partners will team up to provide free fitness, recreation and community programs in the activated space. Events like yoga, dancing, and basketball will be live in the space, giving Detroiters a chance to get involved and potentially try something new! Open Streets will provide a safe space for walking biking and recreation usually more dangerous with the presence of traffic. On the designated Open Streets Fall ’16 dates, the land is returned to the people who are free to walk, sit, exercise, socialize and bike freely as they historically have before the creation of busy city roads and highways.

In addition to the recreational aspect, Open Streets creates a gathering place for people to connect with local businesses, city officials, historic and meaningful neighborhoods, and finally each other. Open Streets explains:

“Our proposed route will take participants past several iconic parks and green spaces, including Campus Martius Park, Roosevelt Park and Clark Park. Boyer Playfield, one of ten neighborhood parks selected by the City of Detroit to receive investment in 2016, is located on the western side of the route.

Dozens of shops, restaurants and businesses line Michigan Avenue and West Vernor Highway. From banks and coney dogs Downtown, to coffee, bikes and bagels in Corktown, along with tacos, bakeries, barbers and beauty parlors in Southwest Detroit, the route features a diverse range of neighborhood retail.”

Many established community partners have collaborated to bring Open Streets Detroit to the city for the first time. The route and activities have been carefully planned to accommodate visitors of all interests and walks of life. Partners such as: 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.

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OPEN STREETS DETROIT PARTNERS  //

6th Promise Foundation

Assembly Design Studio

Auto Club Group

BikeVON, PEAC and Detroit Greenways

Boll Family YMCA

Chadsey Condon Community Organization

Challenge Detroit

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Clark Park Coalition

Community Push

Corktown Experience

Corktown Farmers’ Market

DENCAP Dental Plans

Detroit Bike Polo

Detroit By Design / STEM.org / Additional TBA

Detroit City FC

Detroit Experience Factory

Detroit Greenways Coalition

Detroit Health Department

Detroit Medical Center

Detroit Parks Department

Detroit Planning Department

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

Detroit Ultimate Frisbee League

Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy

Dhamaal

DJ Symphonik

DMJStudio

Drifter Coffee

DTE Energy

Eastern Market Corporation

El Club

Ford Employees Recreation Association (FERA) Detroit Social Club

Fringe Society

Generation With Promise

Girl Scouts of SE Michigan

Hostel Detroit

Huron Clinton Metroparks

ImagineDo

Inner Waymark, LLC

Kyle Steiner

Lil Dumplins

Living Arts Detroit

Lots for Literary Works

Mexican Consulate

Michigan Democratic Party

Michigan State University Extension 4-H

Michigan State University: Urban and Regional Planning Student Association

Motor City Street Dance Academy

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

Macomb, Oakland and Wayne County Breastfeeding Coalitions

Office of Council Member Castaneda-Lopez

One Single Rose

Pass First Media

PEAC

People First Project

Plum Health Direct Primary Care

Pulse Fitness

Share the Love Michigan

Sugar Hill Clay

Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery

Taoist Tai Chi Society

The Bomb Fitness

The Forge Detroit

The Greening of Detroit

The People First Project

US Green Building Council (USGBC) – Detroit Regional Chapter (DRC)

Vista Partnership / Southwest Housing Solutions

Wayne State University Office of Economic Development

Wayne State University Public Health Student Organization (PHSO)

Wheelhouse Detroit

Yellow Tigers, Inc

…and more!

 

Words by Hailey Dukes. New kid on the block + sponge for all things Detroit. Student to this earth and the people, places, and things on it. Walking an unceasing journey to observe, feel, analyze, understand. Inspire me! Follow Hailey on IG @wolf___hailey // Twitter @heyygirllhai.

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