Dequindre Cut

Located at: 42° 19' 59.7252" N, 83° 1' 35.7168" W

The Dequindre Cut Greenway is an urban recreational path that opened to the public in May of 2009. The two-mile greenway was developed through a public, nonprofit and private partnership—comprising the federal government, City of Detroit, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation—and offers a pedestrian link between the East Riverfront, Eastern Market and several residential neighborhoods in between.

Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Dequindre Cut is a predominately below-street level greenway that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Atwater Street, just north of the riverfront. Well-known for its examples of urban artwork and graffiti, the greenway features a 20-foot-wide paved pathway, which includes separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

A half-mile extension of the Dequindre Cut officially opened in April 2016.  It runs from Gratiot Avenue to Mack Avenue and takes pedestrians into the heart of Eastern Market.  Buildings on each side of the Cut along this stretch provide users with a glimpse of what the railway looked like when it was a busy hub of activity bringing people and products to Eastern Market and to the Detroit Riverfront. 

Also along this stretch, the Wilkins Street Plaza with its soaring canopy, bike racks and a variety of seating options, provides a place for pedestrians to take a break while visiting the Dequindre Cut.

Entrance ramps to the Cut are located at Atwater Street, Franklin Street, Woodbridge Street, Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, Wilkins Street and Mack Avenue. 

Need to rent a bike?  Visit wheelhousedetroit.com for bike rental information.

For a map of the Dequindre Cut, click here.

Events at Dequindre Cut

  • Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

    Join Detroit’s next generation of design stars at a tent in the Dequindre Cut (between Lafayette and Larned) for an afternoon of design education and exploration! Special programming by Henry Ford Learning Institute.

    Ages 5-16. Free and open to the public.

    Activities include: 

  • Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    This event occurs every week Tuesday until Tue Sep 27 2016.

    Join Teena Cathey for a FREE Body Love Fit Camp on the Dequindre Cut each Tuesday from 6PM-7PM. RSVP by contacting Teena at 586.909.9939 or at me@teenacathey.com.

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