After serving more than 1,500 cars at this winter’s Monroe Street Drive-In, Detroit’s Bedrock is transforming the future site of its Monroe Blocks development just east of Campus Martius Park into a hub for outdoor recreation with Monroe Street Midway.
The attraction will open on May 28 and run through the fall.
Monroe Street Midway is a partnership between Bedrock, RollerCade, several Detroit artists, and the Rocket Community Fund.
The installation will feature the Rollout Detroit Roller Rink, Rocket Mortgage Sports Zone, and displays from Detroit artists.
The Rollout Detroit outdoor roller rink will be operated by RollerCade, Detroit’s oldest continuously open, black-owned roller rink. Roller skates will be available to rent at $3 a pair. Walk-ins are welcome or sessions can be booked ahead of time here.
“Rollout Detroit will change what it means to roller skate in the city of Detroit,” says Kyle Black, owner of RollerCade. “This truly unique and creative roller rink will thrill skaters of every skill level.”
The Rocket Mortgage Sports Zone will feature four half-court basketball courts and one multi-use sports court in partnership with the Rocket Community Fund. Come Play Detroit will operate the space and equipment will be available free of charge.
The Sports Zone will be open daily from noon-9 p.m. and spaces are available on a first come, first-served basis.
Visitors will be able to view original artwork by Detroit artists Sheefy McFly, Olivia Guterson, Phil Simpson, and Jessica Care Moore, as well as performances by local DJs and fitness classes by local instructors.
Food and beverage served from concession stands and rotating food trucks.
The Monroe Street Midway is a continuation of Bedrock’s multi-million dollar “Decked Out Detroit” initiative in partnership with the Rocket Community Fund and the city of Detroit.
“We are excited to debut our most immersive experience yet at the Monroe Street Midway and offer residents and families a safe and memorable option for outdoor recreation this spring and summer,” says Ivy Greaner, COO at Bedrock. “RollerCade’s expertise paired with the work of so many talented local artists will make the midway a truly one-of-a-kind activation.”
Capacity limitations, social distancing, and mask guidelines will align with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services’ latest recommendations. As new orders are released, the Monroe Street Midway will continue to monitor, adapt, and modify plans to ensure proper compliance. Masks and hand sanitizer will be made available for all guests. Enhanced sanitary measures and cleaning protocols will be utilized.
Bedrock is offering free, four-hour parking validations for guests that make a purchase at the Monroe Street Midway. Pull into one of the eight validated garages on this map, take a ticket and request a validation after your purchase at the Monroe Street Midway or from one of the merchants on the map.
Some garages require a credit card instead of a ticket for entry and exit, but guests won’t be charged for any parking less than four hours as long as they present validation upon exiting the garage.
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