Work from the Park

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
This event occurs every May, June, July, August and September on the last Wednesday until Wed Sep 25 2024.

Spend your work day on the Detroit Riverfront during Work from the Park! Whether you're a remote worker or an in-office team, Robert C. Valade Park has everything you need to work along the water. Join us on the last Wednesday of every month (May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, and September 25) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and enjoy a variety of amenities, including: 

  • Outdoor and indoor seating, with smaller individual tables and large picnic areas for co-working
  • Free high speed WiFi
  • Restrooms + water bottle refill station 
  • Free hot and cold brew coffee from 9-11 a.m.
  • Lunch specials from Smokey G's at Cafe at Valade
  • Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. 
  • Other surprises throughout the day! 

Whether you spend the whole day outside or just pop in for a meeting or a break, Work from the Park will bring a moment of fresh air, sunshine, and nature into your work day.

Robert C. Valade Park is located at 2670 Atwater. Free parking is located across the street in the lot at Chene + Guoin. Bike parking is available on-site, and the nearest MoGo station is two blocks away on Jos Campau. 

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Registration is not required but it is appreciated!

Need childcare while you work? Click here to register for on-site childcare with Cokare & Brilliant Detroit for May and June sessions. Additional sessions to be added.  


Thank you to our Professional Development Sponsor Let's Detroit. 

Join Let's Detroit and The Resume Rescue at Work from the Park on June 26th from 4-6pm for free, drop-in resume reviews. 


Where do I park?

Free parking is available in the lot across the street from the park at Chene and Guoin (enter on Guoin). Additional parking is available on nearby streets and lots. Please follow all posted parking direction signage and pay any posted fees.

What if it rains?

In addition to the variety of outdoor seating, Valade Park has a fully enclosed building space that's open no matter the weather. You can get all of the perks of being on the riverfront, without any worry about the weather! For those wanting to sit outside, we have tables with umbrellas as well as picnic tables and adirondak chairs in shaded areas of the park. 

Can I bring my team down?

Yes - and we encourage it! Work from the Park is the perfect way to meet up in person and promote team engagement. Might we suggest adding a Riverfront walk to your team's calendar for the day, or taking walking meetings? If you'd rather stay within the park, plan to order lunch from our on-site cafe, or log off and join in on happy hour at the bar starting at 4 p.m. 

Can I reserve a space? 

All seating at Valade Park is first-come, first-serve, but don't worry - there is plenty of seating for everyone, including on Bob's Barge and in the picnic area near the water. If you're planning to bring a large group down, email to give us a heads up. Seating for large groups is not guaranteed, but we will do our best to accomodate. 

Can I charge my laptop? 

Yes, power outlets and extension cords are provided throughout the park. For the most flexibility, we recommend charging up your devices before arriving.

How's the WiFi?  

Great! The public WiFi at Valade Park has been tested on everything from emails to zoom calls without any trouble. 

Do I need to stay all day? 

Not at all! Pop in whenever works for you, whether that's an hour or the entire day. No registration required!

What's there to eat? 

Cafe at Valade features coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch entrees from Smokey G's BBQ. Don't miss the freshly squeezed lemonade! Plus a full bar for Happy Hour, featuring local brews and riverfront inspired cocktails. 

What else can I expect? 

Each month's Work from the Park features themed activities ranging from workshops to partner tables. Come back here for updates on each month's unique elements, and email if you'd like to partner with us at a future Work from the Park. 

Can I work from the park on other days? 

Absolutely! Free WiFi is always available in the park. Come by anytime!