The streets will be OPEN from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday May 7th, 2017! Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s third Open Streets 704 powered by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina event will be within walking and biking distance of the Elizabeth, First Ward, Windsor Park, Chantilly, Echo Hills, Commonwealth, Plaza-Midwood, Sheffield Park, Country Club Heights, Eastover, and Cherry neighborhoods. Come out and experience the nearly 3-mile route between Independence Park and Veterans Park!
Open Streets 704 will kickoff with a Celebration and Bike Decorating Contest at the corner of Pecan and Commonwealth at 1PM. Following that stay in touch with the Main Stage as Tosco Music Party will be hosting bands for the rest of the afternoon.
B-Cycle bike rentals: B-Cycle is providing free bicycle rentals at each hub for those that don’t have their two wheelers with them.
TFKids Kids bicycle rentals: For families needing smaller bikes Trips For Kids is lending some of their children’s fleet. This is a great chance to test out some new wheels!
It’s important to understand that Open Streets 704 is different than any event that’s ever been in Charlotte. Yes, there will be activity and opportunity to engage with one another, the neighborhoods and businesses along the route. But Open Streets 704 is also about changing our perspective on how a community can interact with each other in a healthy, car-free, environment rather than simply creating another street festival.
Right now, Open Streets 704 is planning four (4) Featured Zones along the route. Each zone will have specific locations for coordinated or user-generated activities. Most will be on public property, and some will have a schedule that will be published here on the Open Streets 704 website. See Zone Hubs along the route for day-of info!
Arts and Science: (Highlighted in ORANGE) Opportunities abound to explore your creative side. Musical performances, artist demonstrations, interactive maker spaces, and dance ensembles of all ages will engage with Open Street 704.
Family Zone: (Highlighted in YELLOW) 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: (Highlighted in GREEN) Be prepared to learn about the nature all around you, plants and trees in your community, or lend a helping hand in the garden, and find out about local wildlife!
Wellness Zone: (Highlighted in BLUE) Explore a fitter, healthier version of you! Cooking demonstrations, yoga classes, Zumba, and healthy heart initiatives will fill this zone with fun!
Soon, we’ll announce specific events and any applicable start times that can help you plan your afternoon at Open Streets 704!
Open Streets 704 is free and open to all to participate. Interested in hosting an activity with your business or neighbors? Contact our Activities Team. Want to volunteer? Contact Lori.firstname.lastname@example.org.