About Belle Isle Boathouse

Raise your glass to Belle Isle’s Iconic “Boat Club” since 1902! This years Gears and Beers will start and stop at this iconic gem. Explore the grand architecture of the building including the ballroom, the dance hall and the balconies overlooking the Detroit River. Proceeds benefit the efforts to restore this beautiful Detroit landmark.

The Detroit Boat Club Crew was founded in 1839, which makes us the oldest rowing club in North America! The current building was completed in 1902. After years of neglect by the City of Detroit under the former administrations and lack of funding, the Boat Club fell under disrepair. Since Belle Isle is now under the State Park, the crew club is working hard to raise money and volunteer time to help bring this Detroit Gem back to it’s glory. We hope you will join us in the effort!

The Detroit Boat House on Belle Isle is located at E Picnic Way, Detroit, MI 48207.
Note: It is displayed as “Detroit Boat Club Training Facility” on Google maps

~More Info & History~
About The Friends of Detroit Rowing, Crew & Boat House

If you would like to make a donation to help in the restoration of the historic Boat House, please visit: https://friendsofdetroitrowing.brushfire.com/events/435798

About Back Alley Bikes

Back Alley Bikes (BAB) is a 501(c)3 non-profit bicycle repair and resource center. Our mission is to provide cycling education and services with a focus on youth development, sustainable practices, and community access. BAB started in 2000 as a part of Detroit Summer. The youth of Detroit Summer needed a way to get to their mural and gardening projects around the city. Bikes were the answer. Soon word got around that folks could earn a bike at BAB. Over the years our programs have expanded to include volunteer nights, youth open shop, Youth Mechanics in Training, Youth Rides, Camp Earn a Bike in the summer and Saturday Earn a Bike all year round. We also opened a full service bicycle repair and retail shop in 2008 called the Hub of Detroit to help support our programming.

BAB accepts donations of used bikes of any type, style and condition. Each year we taken in over 800 used bike donations and distribute them back to the community through our Earn a Bike programs for youth ages 10-17. If a child is under 10, we repair the bike as needed and donate it directly to families and various organizations helping youth. In 2014, just under 400 bikes were donated to families or earned by youth who learn to fix a bike and keep it in our Earn a Bike program.

If you would like more information about Back Alley Bikes, please call (313) 879-5630 or check out their website at thehubofdetroit.org/back-alley-bikes

Get involved! Back Ally Bikes and Motor City Gears and Beers would like your help! We are asking that if you have any used bikes or biking equipment that you no longer need or use to please bring them with you on October 8th. Back Alley Bikes will have a location to accept your lightly used biking equipment to help continue their education for youths all year round.

Some needed items include:

  • Bikes in any condition (we can scrap damaged frames and use the money for programs)
  • Bicycle parts in any condition
  • Bicycle accessories (racks, apparel, etc)
  • New locks for youth who have earned bikes
  • New helmets for youth (gender neutral, ideally)
  • Cash donations (tax-deductible!)
  • Your time as a volunteer – even if you’ve never fixed a bike, we can find you a way to help!

back alley bikes

About the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

Everyone that rides in and around Detroit can agree that the Detroit Riverfront Conservency has made the city a better place to Bike! Although Gears & Beers no longer directly donates to the Detroit Riverfront Conservency, we applaud their work and enourage you to support their endeavors and work with a link to donate below!

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) organization with a vision to transform Detroit’s riverfront and the face of the city into a beautiful, exciting, safe, and world-class meeting place. The ultimate vision is to have five-and-a-half miles of elaborate greenways extending from the Ambassador Bridge to Gabriel Richard Park.

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.

More Info: http://www.detroitriverfront.org/
To Donate: http://www.detroitriverfront.org/ways-help/make-donation

Civic Center


Dequindre Cut


Gabriel Richard Park


General Motors Plaza


Rivard Plaza


Roberts Riverwalk Hotel (Previously the Park Davis Building)