Minnehaha Avenue Open Streets this Sunday!

This summer’s third Open Streets Minneapolis event will take place on Sunday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Minnehaha Avenue South between East Lake Street and Godfrey/Minnehaha Parkway. The free event, which is open to everyone, was organized to give people the opportunity to enjoy biking, walking, skating, playing and using wheelchairs on their neighborhood street without the presence of motorized traffic. For more information about Open Streets, visit www.openstreetsmpls.com.

In addition to allowing families and neighbors to come together to mingle, have fun and shop in a safe, car-free environment, there will be numerous activities for children and families including activities from Playworks, Play From Scratch, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and others. The activities are part of Play Streets, a national initiative designed to offer a high-impact approach to increasing physical activity by temporarily turning a street into a play area. Additionally, the Longfellow Business Association, Longfellow Community Council and My Broadsheet are partnered with the event to provide complementary activities from the community for people of all ages.

As with previous Open Streets Minneapolis events, there will be water bottle filling stations along Minnehaha Avenue for bicyclists and pedestrians to use. The water is being provided for free by the City of Minneapolis.

This year there will be a total of four Open Streets Minneapolis events on different dates throughout the summer. Previous events took place on South Lyndale Avenue (June 23) and Central Avenue (July 28). The final Open Street event will be September 21 on Lowry Avenue North as part of Harvest Fest. All events are being held thanks to The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and its Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to create Play Streets.  Play Streets give neighborhood residents an opportunity to use their streets as places where they can be physically active and take pride in their community.

Open Streets Minneapolis is organized and hosted by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, and is partnered this year with the City of Minneapolis.  Its 2013 sponsors include Partnership for a Healthier America, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota Public Radio – 89.3 The Current, and Zeus Jones. Local event sponsors and partners include the Longfellow Business Association, the Longfellow Community Council, Xcel Energy, My Broadsheet, KFAI and the League of Longfellow Artists.

For more information on the events taking place at Open Streets Minneapolis, go to www.openstreetsmpls.com.

Last updated Aug 9, 2013