Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s third Open Streets 704 event is Sunday, May 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. Open Streets 704 Powered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, will connect Charlotte’s East Side between Independence Park and Veterans Park. It 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. Route and activity maps are online at http://openstreets704.com/route/.
Open Streets events create a temporary, linear park by opening the roads to pedestrian, bicycle, and other “people powered” transportation, so the streets can be used for walking, cycling, dancing, playing, and connecting neighbors. Open Streets programs have proven to be successful at achieving goals related to recreation, public health, and active transportation.
The first two Open Streets 704 events drew more than 25,000 people on foot, bike, skateboards, rollerblades, and in strollers. Post-event surveys show participants overwhelmingly agree the event improved their overall image of the city and strengthened our community.
Open Streets 704 powered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is also made possible by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, in partnership with Partners for Parks, Mecklenburg County Government, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Mecklenburg County Public Health, Charlotte B-Cycle, the Charlotte Chamber’s Healthy Charlotte Council, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and Charlotte Fire departments.