April 11, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OPEN STREETS 704 OFFERS HEALTHY WAY TO PLAY
Charlotte, NC – Imagine being able to use the open road for biking, walking, jogging, dancing and other healthy activities – free of automobile traffic. Now you can, thanks to the Open Streets 704 initiative, made possible by Partners for Parks, Mecklenburg County government, the City of Charlotte and the Knight Foundation.
The initiative consists of four free community events with the first planned for Sunday, May 1 from noon to 4 p.m.
The inaugural event will open a 3-mile stretch of city streets for pedestrian use only – extending from North Davidson Street and the NoDa area, through the Villa Heights, Optimist Park, Belmont, and First Ward neighborhoods to Memorial Stadium near Central Piedmont Community College. Residents will be able to meet neighbors and participate in activities occurring in four zones:
- Arts and Science Zone: Opportunities abound to explore your creative side. Musical performances, artist demonstrations and dance ensembles of all ages.
- Family Zone: Fun for the whole family! From bean bag toss to a pop up dog park – be prepared to get active. Activities will include: street soccer, bicycling demonstrations, pet crafts, life-size jenga and more!
- Green Zone: Be prepared to learn about nature, plant trees in the community, lend a helping hand in the garden, and talk about the wildlife from local nature centers.
- Wellness Zone: Work on a fitter/healthier version of you! Cooking demonstrations, yoga classes, Zumba, and healthy heart initiatives will fill this zone with fun!
Open Streets events currently take place in more than 100 cities across North America. They have proven to be successful at achieving goals related to recreation, public health, active transportation and community building.
For more information, visit www.openstreets704.com.
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Media Contact: Leo Caplanides at 980-395-2873 or Leo.Caplanides@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.
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