Bedrock’s new Monroe Street Midway, located near Campus Martius and Cadillac Square, is a much-anticipated site for everyone tired of being cooped up and ready for more open, community space in Detroit. With the long-awaited return of safe, outdoor gathering spaces, Monroe Street Midway (formerly the Monroe Street Drive-In) offers a collection of food trucks, basketball courts, exhibits by local artists and live DJ entertainment.
The main gem is the Rollout Detroit Roller Rink, an outdoor skating rink from Bedrock’s Decked Out Detroit initiative and RollerCade, the oldest continuously operating roller rink in the city – possibly the country – made all the more special because it’s Black-owned.
Third-generation RollerCade owner Kyle Black says that his partnership with Bedrock and their effort to provide free recreation for the city is “great for everybody involved.” He says, “The attention and recognition for RollerCade is amazing, and people really start looking into our history once they know who we are. But Detroit needs more places where people can just come together and have fun all day, in a space that caters to multiple interests.”
Guests can skate on courts featuring murals from artists like Sheefy McFly and Phil Simpson. Statements provided by Bedrock assure the public that Monroe Street Midway will comply with all recommended COVID-19 precautions and social distancing during operation. Masks and sanitizer will be freely available for use, and capacity limits are being enforced. The Midway is set to remain open until fall 2021.