County Partners in Open Streets Initiative
Mecklenburg County residents will soon have a new way to explore their community while participating in an array of activities thanks to a special partnership between Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and Partners for Parks.
The three agencies are working together to present the inaugural Open Streets 704 on Sunday, May 1 from noon – 4 p.m.
Open Streets initiatives are street festivals that temporarily close streets to automobile traffic so that people may use them for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and meeting their neighbors. These festivals currently take place in more than 100 cities across North America and have proven to be a successful strategy for achieving goals related to recreation, public health, active transportation and community building.
The initiative will begin with a series of four events made possible by a generous grant from the Charlotte Knight Foundation. Employees from Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte intend to use the effort to investigate the potential to sustain an ongoing Open Streets program.
Details on the Open Streets 704 route will be provided soon.
For more information, visit www.openstreets704.com.