In exactly 2 weeks, Charlotte will host its 4th major ‘Open Streets 704’ – an event that shuts down several miles of streets to vehicles and organizes dozens of artisans, street vendors, and classes for pedestrians and bicyclists to freely explore.
The first three Open Streets 704 events saw over 25,000 people ditch their cars to walk, ride, skate, and skip down the middle of our city streets.
According to surveys filled out after the event, participants overwhelmingly agreed that Open Streets improved their overall image of Charlotte, and strengthened our community.
Given the growing popularity of the last two Open Streets, this will undoubtedly be the biggest and most active one yet.
Our 4th Open Streets event will be taking over several streets around “LoSo” (Lower South End), and the Park Rd. Shopping Center area. The 5.5 mile route will start at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and end around the Park Rd. Shopping Center and Little Sugar Creek Greenway;
The colors on the above route correspond to ‘zones’ or sections set up for specific focuses, which include;
Arts and Science: (Highlighted in RED) 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!
Charlotte’s 4th Open Streets 704 will take place on October 15th, from 1pm – 5pm
You can find more information on Open Street’s website here.