Haute Fit: The Road to Fitness Leads to the Dequindre Cut

by Damon Mackey – Certified Group Fitness Leader and Consultant

If you recall few months ago while in LA visiting my BFF Eric, I blogged about the fitness life there and the infamous Culver City Stairs that tested my fitness ability. Upon my return, I sought after a place here at home where fitness people meet; a local monument that has been transformed into pathway to fitness – like the Culver City Stairs. I then stumbled upon the Dequindre Cut!

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This 1.35 mile stretch of road located off Gratiot near the Eastern Market was once a Grand Trunk Railroad line. The Cut sits about 10 ft. below street level and features a 20 ft. wide pathway that features lanes for pedestrians and bicycles. The Cut has easy access providing entrance ramps from Lafayette Street, Gratiot Avenue, and Woodbridge Street.

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One Saturday morning, I took the Damonation fitness team on the Dequindre Cut journey starting from the Gratiot entrance. The pathway was amazing, as we saw people working out, jogging, bike-riding, and of course walking. What’s really amazing about this special place is the artwork and beautiful graffiti that covers the cement walls along the way. Some were real paintings!

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We made our way down to the River Walk, to Joe Louis Arena, including the stairs of course, and back down to the Dequindre Cut. What a workout; what a journey. We were also excited to learn that the Dequindre Cut is being further developed under Phase 2, which will extend the path to Mack Avenue. This will most definitely be another expansion of our fitness journey in the future. Won’t you come join us?

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As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.



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