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. 

The Dequindre Cut Freight Yard, an outdoor bar along the Cut, is located near the Wilkins Street entrance of the Cut. 
The C. David Campbell Terrace, an outdoor stage, is located near the Lafayette entrance of the Cut
The BCBSM Fit Park, an outdoor exercise area, is located near the Woodbridge entrance of the Cut.

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

For a map of the Dequindre Cut, click here.

For a map of the Dequindre Cut Art Walk, click here.

Events at Dequindre Cut

  • Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
    This event occurs every week Wednesday until Wed Sep 07 2022.

    The Dequindre Cut will be filled with the sounds of some of Metro Detroit’s most talented entertainers this summer as the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy brings back its FREE Campbell Terrace Performance Series with weekly performances every Wednesday from June 29 to September 7. Detroit music col

  • Sunday, Sep 18, 2022 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

    Detroit’s award-winning RiverWalk features multiple parks and green space connected by a scenic promenade along the Detroit River. On this walking tour, you’ll get to take a stroll along Dequindre Cut as you learn about the greenway’s past and present.

  • Friday, Sep 30, 2022 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
    A masquerade fundraiser to benefit the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Friday, September 30th, 6-10PM  |  Dequindre Cut Freight Yard 21+ Event

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