Residents are invited to take part in the Town’s first annual Open Streets Whitby – a free, family-friendly event that will close a 1.2 kilometre stretch of Brock Street South to cars and open them to people. The event takes place from 10am to 2pm on September 29.
“We’re inviting residents to get active and bike, walk, jog or simply experience Downtown Whitby in a whole new way,” said Mayor Don Mitchell. “As a Town, we are committed to supporting active transportation and Open Streets Whitby is one new way we are delivering on that commitment.”
The Open Streets Whitby event invites residents of all ages and abilities to enjoy various activity zones and pop-up activations set up along 1.2 kilometres of Brock Street South that will be closed to vehicles (from Mary Street to Burns Street) and open to people. The route will feature four zones – Culture, Zen, Movement, Downtown – with activities as follows:
- Culture Zone: featuring a cultural fair at the Whitby Seniors’ Activity Centre, heritage displays, a street artist and live music in Rotary Centennial Park.
- Zen Zone: featuring yoga classes and a park on the street.
- Movement Zone: featuring a bike obstacle course, skateboard ramp demonstration, Zumba and fitness classes, junior firefighter challenge and ParaSport games.
- Downtown Zone: featuring a game zone, bike decorating, great photo ops, marketplace, places to eat an opportunity to explore downtown businesses.
As the event is focused heavily on pedestrians, residents are encouraged to walk, bike or use other forms of active transportation to get to the site. Numerous free Bike Parking Stations will be made available for those who choose to cycle to the event. Two bike decorating and repair tents will also be located at each end of the route.
A map is attached detailing the road closures that will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Traffic travelling north-south through Downtown Whitby on Brock Street South will be detoured at Burns Street and Mary Street. Traffic travelling east-west through Downtown Whitby on Dundas Street and through to the Brock Centre businesses located at 350 to 370 Brock Street South via Gilbert Street will be managed by Durham Regional Police Services.
For more information and the event schedule, visit whitby.ca/openstreets.
Photo: As the September 29 Open Streets Whitby event is focused heavily on pedestrians, residents are encouraged to walk, skateboard, bike or use other forms of active transportation to get to the site.