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

A series of four Open Streets Minneapolis events this summer concludes with the fourth and last event on Lowry Avenue North on Saturday, Sept. 21.  This event—the second combined Open Streets/Harvest Festival event on the northside—will create a safe, car-free environment on one mile of Lowry Avenue 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 Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Lowry Avenue between Emerson and Vincent avenues. 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 four music stages, work from local artists, as well as activities from Playworks, 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 Lowry Corridor Business Association and the five adjacent neighborhoods of Folwell/Weber Camden, Jordan, Cleveland, Hawthorne, and McKinley, are partnered with the event to provide complementary activities from the community for people of all ages.

This year there will have been a total of four Open Streets Minneapolis events on different dates throughout the summer.  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 Lowry 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 Lowry Corridor Business Association, 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, The Pohlad Family Foundation and Zeus Jones. Local event sponsors and partners include KMOJ Radio Station, North Memorial Clinics and Habitat for Humanity.

For more information on the events taking place at Open Streets Minneapolis, go to www.openstreetsmpls.com or contact Colin Harris, Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition at 612-293-7818 or Joni Bonnell, Lowry Corridor Business Association at 763-656-8810. 

 

Published Sep 19, 2013