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Open Streets returns to downtown in August

Streets close to provide safe space for activities


Olivia Hennessey

Whatzup Features Writer

Published June 23, 2022

Fort Wayne will be closing off Calhoun Street once again this summer for a day of fun and physical activity.

On Sunday, Aug. 7, from noon-4 p.m., the 1.5-mile stretch will be closed to vehicular traffic for the 5th annual Open Streets. 

Open Streets Fort Wayne aims provide a safe space for biking, walking, playing, and roller blading. There is a lot planned this year, including games, music, and food. 

The all-ages, multicultural event is sponsored by The Knight Foundation and encouraged by Mayor Tom Henry, who hopes it will make a meaningful difference. 

“Open Streets continues to be a highlight for so many residents and visitors. I’m very proud of the unique and innovative features that our community will be able to enjoy this year,” he said in a press release. 

Open Streets will reach far and wide, connecting the neighborhoods of West Central, East Central, LaRez, Hoagland Masterson, Historic Williams Woodland, Fairfield, and Williams Park.

Returning activities from previous years will include the bubble machine, BMX show, and the Bike Parade. Also returning is the bike decorating contest with a theme of “Electrify Fort Wayne.” 

There will be many new experiences for attendees too, including adoptable dogs and cats with the “Tails on Trails” program from Humane Fort Wayne and activities from Fort Wayne Sister Cities that represent their global communities.

According to program manager Neil J. Miller, “Open Streets is an eye-opening experience that challenges you to think beyond cars and experience roadways that are open for play, for meeting new friends, and for celebration.”

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