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 for bike rental information.

For a map of the Dequindre Cut, click here.

Events at Dequindre Cut

  • Sunday, Jul 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 9:00pm
    This event occurs every week Sunday until Mon Sep 17 2018.

    The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard will be the go to destination for outdoor libations and merriment this summer!

  • Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
    This event occurs every week Tuesday until Wed Aug 29 2018.

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

  • Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
    This event occurs every week Wednesday until Thu Aug 23 2018 except Wed Jun 20 2018 and Wed Jul 04 2018.

    The Dequindre Cut will be filled with the sounds of some of Metro Detroit’s most talented entertainers this summer and fall as the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy kicks off its Campbell Terrace Performance Series with regularly scheduled programming beginning Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

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