Midway opens in the heart of downtown Detroit with ice rink, mini-golf and street art

DETROIT – Now you can play miniature golf, basketball, and roller skates while surrounded by some of Michigan’s tallest skyscrapers. The Monroe Street Midway is now open for its second year, located in the heart of downtown Detroit at 32 Monroe Street.

This huge outdoor space is free to enter with many indoor activities also free of charge including the 9-hole putt-putt golf course and basketball courts which are both run by the local sports social organization, Come play in 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 shows all summer long,” 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’re so lucky to have this.”

The outdoor rink is managed by RollerCade. The skating center was opened at 2130 Schaefer Hwy. in Detroit since 1955. Roller skating is $13 per session and includes skate rentals.


Many local artists had an open canvas to create street art at the Monroe Street Midway. Two of these artists, Sheefy McFly (paints the rink) and Tony Whlgn (paints the mini-golf course), have been friends since elementary school and say this is their first time working together. They made the walls of the rink together.

“For this to be one of the first things we came together on and for this to be such a big part of the city, I feel nothing but honour,” Whlgn told MLive. “It’s been an exciting experience, not just in terms of the process, but also getting photos of people high up in office buildings, getting angles that we can’t see the artwork from up there. high.”

“You create a whole soul because the whole city brings that to life,” McFly added. “It starts with the first brushstroke and from there you get a team to help you and it becomes everything the city values.”

Other artists involved are India Solomon (skate rental building, concession stand), Olivia Guterson (Children’s playground) and David Rubello (Basketball court).

The 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: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Monday and Tuesday: Closed to the public. Except Memorial Day and Labor Day.


Bedrock is offering free two-hour parking validations to customers who make a purchase at Monroe Street Midway.

Park in one of the eight validated garages on this maptake a ticket and ask for validation after your purchase at Monroe Street Midway or at any of the merchants on the card.


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