Outside curler skating rink, basketball courts, and extra coming to downtown Detroit


What is it: Monroe Street Midway will open this Memorial Day weekend at the Monroe Blocks future development site in downtown. The summer-long travel destination will include an outdoor roller-skating rink, four half-court basketball courts, a multi-purpose sports field, public art installations, and food and drink stalls. The program includes live DJ sets, fitness classes, and more.

Where is it: Monroe Street Midway is on the future site of Bedrock’s Monroe Blocks development, which is across from the Martius Park campus in downtown. The site was last used as a pop-up drive-in theater.

If it happens: Opening day is Friday May 28th and the events and activities area is expected to close in the fall.

Who is involved: Dan Gilbert’s real estate company Bedrock and the philanthropic organization Rocket Community Fund are collaborating on the project with RollerCade, a roller skating rink on the southern edge of Detroit, and four Detroit artists, including art installations by Sheefy McFly, Phil Simpson and a joint work between Olivia Guterson and the poet Jessica Care Moore.

What you say: “Rollout Detroit will change what it means to roller-skate in the city of Detroit,” said Kyle Black, RollerCades third generation owner. “This really unique and creative runway will delight skaters of all skill levels.”

What else do they say: “We are excited to bring our most immersive experience to date on Monroe Street Midway, providing residents and families with a safe and memorable outdoor recreation this spring and summer,” said Ivy Greaner, Bedrock’s chief operating officer. “RollerCade’s expertise and the work of so many talented local artists make the Midway a unique activation.”

The Monroe Street Midway site was last used as a pop-up drive-in theater.

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