Open Streets Windsor, the largest free recreation program in the city’s history that connects our diverse neighbourhoods and people across the community, takes place on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
Open Streets is a program where streets are opened to people and closed to cars. People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become “paved parks” where visitors of all ages, abilities, and social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds can hit the streets to mingle and improve their health through an array of outdoor activities. The route spans approximately 8 kilometres of Windsor’s streets between Ford City and Old Sandwich Town.
What is Open Streets About?
Open Streets are unique events that have been held in over 100 cities in North America and involve the temporary closure of roadways to vehicular traffic, allowing people to use them for a host of healthy and fun physical activities like walking, cycling, yoga, dancing and fitness.
The goals of Open Streets Windsor are to:
Encourage active transportation and physical activity;
Encourage community building activities;
Promote community-led active living initiatives;
Showcase recently improved streetscapes;
Provide an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to participate along the route.
New this year – An Ontario 150 Celebration!
This year an entire hub at Open Streets is being dedicated to Ontario’s 150th Anniversary and the magnificent history and diversity in our community. Visit the Ontario 150 Hub on University Avenue between Bruce and Janette. Learn about using 3D printing to create a model of our provincial flower – the Trillium. Take a break from the route to sit and enjoy a musical or dance performance by one of our many multicultural groups. View the Museum Windsor and First Nations exhibits or join in with everyone painting a mural. Enjoy a cupcake or cookie as you celebrate Ontario’s 150 with your friends, family and neighbours.
Open Streets Windsor will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the following day:
Sunday, September 17, 2017
For more information, to volunteer, or to participate as a business or organization visit Windsor Open Streets on the City of Windsor website.