Wichita Parks and Recreation, Wichita Festivals, Bike/Walk Wichita and others will launch a brand new FREE event in Wichita.
Open Streets ICT will bring Wichitans of all ages and fitness levels together for an active, fun, community-building afternoon on Wichita’s iconic Douglas Avenue.
Modeled after successful open street events around the country, Open Streets ICT closes four miles of Douglas Avenue from the College Hill neighborhood to the historic Delano District. Traffic will be colosed off and the street opened to young and old alike to enjoy biking, walking, running, dancing, yoga, entertainment, food, art, music, and more.
The Open Streets ICT event is scheduled for September 24, 2017 to be a community-building and fun afternoon. They’ll close four miles of Douglas Ave. to traffic for Wichitans to enjoy biking, walking, running, dancing, yoga, entertainment, food, art, music, and more. Bring your bikes, skates, skateboards, or just walk around and meet your neighbors while you enjoy the music and food! Pets are welcome too.
The four-mile stretch will be from College Hill to the Historic Delano District.
Sign up for it at the Facebook event page!
There will be lots of FREE activities for kids and grownups at various hubs in the area. Stop by any of the hubs for entertainment, live music and dancing, art, a bite to eat from the food and snack trucks, and more. Here is what is happening at each hub:
College Hill Park: Outdoor Fun
- A variety of outdoor activities
- FUN exercises
- Children’s playground
- Inflatables – Barry’s Recreation Station
- Shuffleboard courst
- Zumba Party
- Music by Shawn Craver
East High: Kids Activities
- School of Rock performances
- Golf course
- ROCK ICT art
- Music by Jenny Wood
Kennedy Plaza: Kick-off Ceremony
- At noon, there will be a bike parade featuring the presidents of Wichita State, Newman, and Friends Universities
- Barleycorn’s concert lineup:
- 1 p.m. Tideway
- 2 p.m. Cawes
- 3 p.m. Kill Vargas
Union Station: KMUW Dance Party
- Dance with the KMUW crew to music featured at the Old Town Concert Series
West Hub: Block Party
- Live music at the Shamrock Lounge
- New Covenant Block Party:
- Carnival games
- Relay races
- Cake walk
- Live music
- Wellness fair
Wow! What fun! And this is all free, with the exception of any purchases you might make from the food trucks or at the local businesses along the way. Be sure to bring spending money if you would like to eat or do any shopping while you’re there.
Also, stop by the Shamrock at 1724 W. Douglas. They told me on Facebook that they’ll have Giant Jenga and a bean bag toss in the yard, live blues, bluegrass, soul, R&B, and rock music from Lalanea and Alex. They’re going to be grilling up burgers and brats too!
Open Streets ICT is designed to elevate the quality of life and health of the Greater Wichita community. The goal of Open Streets ICT is to foster an appreciation among community members, business, and key decision makers for streets to become multi-functional and not just for motor vehicles.
Open Streets ICT is free and open to the public from noon until 4 p.m. on September 24. If you love the project and would like to help out, volunteer opportunities are available. For more information on attending or getting involved, visit the Open Streets ICT Facebook page.