FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Open Streets Fort Wayne returned on Sunday, August 29, 12 – 4 p.m. for the fourth year.
The free, community, people-powered event provided participants with a safe space to bike, walk and play along the 1.5-mile corridor. There were activities for people of all ages and cultures to enjoy together with games, music, food and much more. The Knight Foundation was the presenting sponsor of this year’s Open Streets Fort Wayne.
“Open Streets has become a summer tradition and we’re looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors to enjoy a special day,” said Mayor Henry. “Providing unique events and having excellent quality of life amenities position Fort Wayne as an attractive community to live, work and play. I continue to be encouraged by the excitement, positivity and investments we’re experiencing in our City.”
The event took place along the South Calhoun Street corridor from Superior to Pontiac streets, with connections to The Landing, Promenade Park and many neighborhoods along the way.
“I encourage everyone to come out to explore the Open Streets route, taking it by wheel or by heel! With 1.5 miles from end to end, it’s a manageable distance for many to walk or bike,” said Amy Hartzog, Program Manager for Open Streets Fort Wayne. “We have also partnered with CTN for free bus transportation around the event with designated bus stops for people on foot to take advantage of during Open Streets.”
One of the highlights this year was the All-America City Awards Presentation at the Park Foundation Pavilion in Promenade Park. A representative from the National Civic League presented Mayor Henry with the All-America City plaque at 11:45 a.m., followed by the Open Streets Bike Parade at noon.
The Open Streets Bike Parade began at Promenade Park and finished at Pontiac Street. Residents of all ages joined the bike decoration contest that took place at 11 a.m. at Promenade Park, before Open Streets officially started at 12 p.m. Multiple awards were presented for the following themes: Fort Wayne People and Places, Fort Wayne Companies, Inventions and Innovations and Fort Wayne Schools and Sports. This year’s theme was Spirit of the Summit City.
Fort Wayne’s annual Open Streets is a unique way to get some exercise, socialize with new and old friends, visit the businesses on historic Calhoun and enjoy over 100 free activities along the route including live music, BMX, roller derby, soccer, pickleball, table tennis, nature activities, yoga, fitness classes, chess, Harry Potter Wizards Unite, dancing, outdoor curling, bubble machine, and much more. Visit openstreetsfw.org for activity hub updates and all the latest information.