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Open Streets returns for a second year

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The second annual Open Streets event is set to take place on July 15 in Fort Wayne from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The free Calhoun Street event promotes health, business and neighborhood connectivity and has added 25 new activities for 2018.

Open Streets will open up more than two miles of roadway to walking, biking, rollerblading and over 100 activities. The streets will be car free, similar to a huge block party, and will allow residents to enjoy and see the community like never before.

While Open Streets encourages active transportation such as walking and cycling, it also encourages connection with the central business district and with multiple neighborhoods. The complimentary activities will feature giant board games including Jenga, chess and checkers. There will boxing demos, 9 Square in the Air, Picture Yourself on a Harley, a chance to test drive an e-bike, street hockey, wiffle ball, pickleball, cornhole, live music, and much, much more. 

This year’s Open Streets Fort Wayne connects the neighborhoods of West Central, East Central, LaRez, Hoagland Masterson and Williams Woodland with the Central Business District on Calhoun Street. The event area boundaries are from the St. Marys River south on Calhoun to Williams Street. In between there are activities that connect Berry, Wayne, Ewing and Barr Streets.

Volunteers are needed. Residents can visit the Open Streets website at www.openstreetsfw.org to sign-up to volunteer by clicking on the “Get Involved” button. Additionally, we invite residents to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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