DETROIT – Get ready to lace up your rollerblades or skates and roll around a giant ice rink in the heart of downtown Detroit. It’s part of a fun center that’s set to open this weekend.
Monroe Street Midway, which has been used for 1,500 cars over the winter, and the future location of the Monroe Blocks development, is being transformed into an outdoor recreational area by Bedrock Detroit.
Located right on Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square at the corner of Monroe St. and Randolph, Monroe Street Midway offers four half-court basketball courts and a multi-purpose sports field, displays of original works of art, performances by local DJs, outdoor fitness classes, and an outdoor runway and a concession stand.
Monroe Street Midway opens this Friday, May 28th and runs through this fall. The opening times are Sunday – Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. In addition to food from the concession, there are various food trucks on site.
RollerCade, located in southwest Detroit, partners with Bedrock to operate the city’s only outdoor runway. RollerCade is the oldest continuously open black-owned taxiway in the city and one of the oldest in the country. It was opened in 1955.
“Rollout Detroit will change what it means to roller-skate in the city of Detroit,” said Kyle Black, RollerCade’s third generation owner. “This really unique and creative runway will delight skaters of all skill levels.”
“We are excited to bring our most immersive experience to date on Monroe Street Midway, providing residents and families with a safe and memorable option for outdoor recreation this spring and summer,” said Ivy Greaner, COO, Bedrock. “RollerCade’s expertise and the work of so many talented local artists make the Midway a unique activation.”
Roller skating sessions lock out in two or three hours and cost $ 10 per session. Roller skates can be rented for $ 3 per pair. Walk-ins are welcome or sessions can be pre-booked here. Rollout Detroit hours will be:
- Sunday – Wednesday: noon – 9 p.m.
- Thursday – Saturday: noon – 11 p.m.
Four of Detroit’s most famous artists will exhibit their work on Monroe Street Midway. Featured artists include:
- The multidisciplinary artist Sheefy McFly paints a mural directly on the ice rink. His work is also on display at the Midway.
- Visual artist and wall painter Phil Simpson will design the Rocket Mortgage Sports Zone plazas with various murals on the floors of each plaza.
- Contemporary artist Olivia Guterson and poet Jessica Care Moore will work together to create a large mural on Monroe Street Midway.
ROCKET MORTAGE SPORTS ZONE.
This activation, which previously took place in Cadillac Square, includes four basketball courts and, for the first time, a multi-purpose sports field that hosts a variety of sports and recreational activities including futsal, pickleball and handball.
Come Play Detroit will operate the space and the equipment will be available free of charge. The sports zone is open daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is available subject to availability.
Bedrock offers free four-hour park validations to guests shopping on Monroe Street Midway.
Drive into one of the eight validated garages on this card, grab a ticket, and request validation after purchase on Monroe Street Midway or from any of the dealers on the card.
Some garages require a credit card instead of a ticket to enter and exit. However, guests will not be charged parking fees for less than four hours provided they provide validation upon exiting.
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