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New City Event Invites You To Come Play In The Street

Three Rivers Festival begins in downtown Fort Wayne this weekend, and Sunday afternoon, the city is encouraging residents to walk, bike or skate their way right into the heart of the festivities with its first-ever "Open Streets" event.

A two mile stretch of Calhoun Street will be closed to motorized traffic, allowing over 90 free, family-friendly activities to be enjoyed at 17 "activity hubs" along the route.

Neighborhood businesses and organizations are eager to participate as well, and many that are normally closed on Sundays, will be opening for the celebration. Here's a glimpse of how the corridor looks in its usual, motorized mode:

Credit Courtesy/ City of Fort Wayne
Looking north, up the twenty block stretch of Calhoun Street that will be closed to motorized traffic, and connect participants to the Chalk Walk, and Art in the Park, as well as over 90 free, family-friendly activities along its path.

Earlier this week, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Frank Suarez, Fort Wayne's Communications director for Public Works, and Greenway and Trails Program manager, Amy Hartzog into the studio, to discuss how this "oversized block party" will strengthen community connections, and encourage awareness for "active transportation."

Event Information:

"Open Streets" in Downtown Fort Wayne
Calhoun Street Corridor
Sunday, July 9th, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more event information, route map, and listing of free activities, visit the Open Streets website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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