DETROIT – Now you can play miniature golf, basketball and roller skating while surrounded by some of Michigan’s tallest skyscrapers. Monroe Street Midway is now open for its second year, located in the heart of downtown Detroit at 32 Monroe Street.
This massive outdoor space is free to enter with many of the indoor activities also free, including the 9-hole golf course and basketball courts, both operated by the local sports social organization, Come Play Detroit.
“It’s an amazing way to use this space and make it accessible to the public with free access to play basketball, putt-putt. There will be music in the parks and performances throughout the summer,” said Justin Jacobs, founder of Come Play Detroit. “There aren’t many cities that have something like this in the heart of Downtown. Thanks to Bedrock and Rocket Mortgage, we are very lucky to have this.”
The outdoor skating rink is run by RollerCade. The skating center has been open at 2130 Schaefer Hwy. in Detroit since 1955. Roller skating is $13 per session and includes skate rentals.
Numerous local artists had an open canvas to create street art on the Monroe Street Midway. Two of those artists, Sheefy McFly (painted the track) and Tony Whlgn (painted the putting green), have been friends since grade school and say this is the first time they’ve collaborated. Together they made the walls of the skating rink.
“For this to be one of the first things we came together for and for it to be such an important part of the city, I’m honored,” Whlgn told MLive. “It’s an exciting experience, not just the process, but getting photos of people on top of office buildings, getting angles we can’t see to see the artwork from above.”
“You’re creating a whole soul because the whole city brings this to life,” added McFly. “It starts from the first brush stroke and from there you get a team to help and it becomes everything the city enjoys.”
Other artists involved include India Solomon (skate rental building, concession stand), Olivia Guterson (playground), and David Rubello (basketball courts).
Monroe Street Midway also has food trucks and a concession stand, a chess club on Saturdays, and arts and crafts on Sundays.
- Friday and Saturday: 11am – 11pm
- Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11am – 9pm
- Monday and Tuesday: Closed to the public. Except Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Bedrock offers free two-hour parking validations for guests who make a purchase on the Monroe Street Midway.
Enter one of the eight validated garages on this map, pick up a ticket, and ask for validation after your purchase at Monroe Street Midway or from one of the merchants on the map.
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