Neighborhood groups and the City of Seattle are teaming up again this year to create fun for residents on local streets and to support nearby businesses through the Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets program. The kick-off event will be Sunday, May 18 in West Seattle’s Alki neighborhood. Additional events will take place between May and August in Ballard, Greenwood/Phinney Ridge and the Rainier Valley.
In its seventh year, Celebrate Summer Streets events open up roads to pedestrians and bicyclists, offering people a way to celebrate the spirit and personality of their neighborhood. Each of the four events is organized in partnership with a local group.
“Families need affordable recreation opportunities that help build communities,” explained Goran Sparrman, interim director of the Seattle Department of Transportation. “Through the leadership of local community groups, Summer Streets promotes our neighborhoods and encourages people to walk and bike.”
Celebrate Summer Streets partners for 2014 include Cascade Bicycle Club, Feet First, Zipcar, the Greenwood/Phinney Chamber of Commerce, the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce and the West Seattle High School PTSA. City agencies, such as the Seattle Police Department, and Seattle Parks and Recreation are also partners in this effort.
Celebrate Seattle Summer Streets is modeled after similar successful events held in New York; San Francisco; Portland; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Bogota, Colombia.
There will be a variety of activities and entertainment at each event. Children and adults can enjoy riding their bicycles on the street without having to worry about their safety around cars. Kids can enjoy participating in art activities such as drawing with chalk or painting on the street.
Below is the calendar of events for the year:
May 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Alki Avenue Southwest, between 57th Avenue Southwest and 63rd Avenue Southwest
- Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike to Work Day and Summer Streets Party
May 29, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bergen Place Park and 22nd Avenue Nothwest between Northwest Market Street and Ballard Avenue Northwest
August 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Greenwood Avenue/Phinney Avenue from North 67th Street to North 87th Street
- Rainier Valley
August 16, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Rainier Avenue South from South Alaska Street to South Brandon Street
For more information, please contact Jonathan Dong at 206.233.8564 or firstname.lastname@example.org.