Don’t you just love an old-school party in the street? It’s kind of like a block party, but a few miles longer. Experience fun with friends, awesome food like tacos and BBQ, and the freedom to ride your bike and walk in the streets with fellow Detroiters at this year’s Open Streets Event.
This year’s event will start at Beacon Park at First and Grand River in downtown Detroit and connect to Michigan Avenue in Corktown, ending on Military Street in Southwest Detroit. Participants will be walking, running, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding and playing in the streets.
So grab your running shoes and pump up your bicycle tires: Open Streets Detroit invites you to experience the roads in a new way. On Sunday, October 7, from noon to 5:00 p.m., Michigan Avenue and West Vernor Highway are set to shut down for free street fair activities, promoting community cohesion, health and wellness, and local business awareness.
According to the website, some of the businesses that participated last year said the event was a successful way of bringing the community together.
“I feel it was great for the Southwest Detroit community.” – Donut Villa
“It was definitely a great way to bring current and regular customers down to Corktown and also a great way to be introduced to new (and hopefully returning) customers. It was a fun and memorable day for all.” – Detroit Institute of Bagels
The Open Streets website gives info on the mission of the event.
Open Streets Detroit is a unique opportunity to bring the city and the region together through a celebration of public space that fosters community connections. Open Streets Detroit seeks to produce similar benefits by showcasing the city’s business districts, neighborhoods, parks and cultural institutions.
With traffic clogs and car fumes polluting the air and area of Detroit, Open Streets seeks an open-aired concept, where pedestrians and cyclists put their car in park and unite for a day of environmental awareness and physical activity.
For more information on the family event happening this Sunday, visit the Open Streets website.