Open Streets event returns to Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is taking it to the streets again this summer for a community event.

Mayor Tom Henry announced the event Thursday, saying it is an example of the community’s willingness and commitment to bring people together. Motorists will want to be aware that the event will cause some street closures. A list of street closures has not been released for this year’s event.

During the event, more than two miles of roadway will be opened up to walkers, bike riders, roller skaters and activities including giant board games including Jenga, chess and checkers. The city said the event will allow residents to see Fort Wayne in a unique way, get some exercise and socialize with new and old friends.

“I continue to be impressed with the quality and variety of events we offer our community and visitors each year,” said Mayor Henry. “Entertainment offerings and quality of life amenities like the Open Streets event are critical in our ability to retain and attract businesses and jobs, build on our downtown revitalization efforts and strengthen neighborhoods.”

Along the Open Street route attendees will find boxing demos, 9 Square in the Air, Picture Yourself on a Harley, a chance to test drive an e-bike, street hockey, wiffleball, pickleball, cornhole, live music, and many other activities. People can visit openstreetsfw.org for the complete list of activities.

The event organizers are looking for volunteers to step up and assist with attendees maneuvering the route and with the activity hubs. People can visit the Open Streets website at OpenStreetsfw.org to sign up to volunteer. 

The event is taking place on Sunday, July 15 from 11 am to 3 pm.

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