Minneapolis Open Streets event will include a wide range of pedal and play activities

A series of four Open Streets Minneapolis events this summer continues with the third event on Minnehaha Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 11. This event—the first ever Open Streets event in the southeastern part of the city—will create a safe, car-free environment on two and half miles of this major Longfellow street to allow people to play, be physically active and take part in a wide range of related activities.

Open Streets Minneapolis will take place on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Minnehaha Avenue between 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 a complete listing of all events and their times and locations, go to 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.

This year there will be a total of four Open Streets Minneapolis events on different dates throughout the summer, including upcoming events on Minnehaha Avenue (Aug. 11) and Lowry Avenue North (Sept. 21). The 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.

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.
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.

Published Aug 6, 2013



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