Open Streets Returns to East Lake Street: Fun Activities and a chance to help #HumanizeHiLake. Volunteers Needed!

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Volunteer at Open Streets with CNO

The Corcoran Neighborhood Organization and the Midtown Farmers Market are thrilled to announce that we will once again be participating in East Lake Open Streets on July 24th from 11am to 5pm. The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition which is leading the event will be closing down vehicle traffic on East Lake Street to make way for bicyclists and pedestrians from 42nd Ave S. all the way to Elliot Ave. We’ll be holding a special Sunday farmers market as a part of the event, and this year the Midtown Farmers Market will also be hosting a break dancing battle right in the middle of Lake Street!

Our special Sunday market will host some of regular vendors and will be located under the Hiawatha Avenue Bridge at the intersections of East Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue. So be sure to stop by and enjoy our usual market offerings and take in some amazing talent as break dancers take part in a 3 vs 3 battle! In the spirit of the event, we also encourage attendees to bike, walk, skate or take alternative transportation to the event as they support local business, re-imagine Lake Street and take part in this incredible event promoting healthy living.

Volunteers needed! Help inform Open Streets attendees and help them take action to Humanize Hi-Lake by volunteering open_5.jpgfor a 2-hour shift on July 24; we also need help with set up and take-down, and event planning. Sign up to be a volunteer at Open Streets Volunteer Sign Up

Humanize Hi-Lake! At Open Streets 2015, we kicked off a campaign to “Humanize” the Hiawatha and Lake Street area in partnership Sierra Club, the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, Lake Street Council, and Longfellow Community Council by gathering signatures on over 500 petition postcards and raising awareness. The City and County responded by investing $90,000 into an engineering study (Hi-Lake Interchange Study. Please join the movement at Open Streets at Lake and Hiawatha on July 24 – our staff and volunteer leaders will be providing information and opportunities to take action and get involved. In the meantime, you can find the Interchange study and more information at the Humanize Hi-Lake Facebook page.

About Open Streets, from openstreetsmpls.org. For the past six years, streets in Minneapolis have transformed to allow residents to experience their city in a whole new way — by bike, by skateboard, however they please. We call this Open Streets Minneapolis, and it has grown from one event in 2011 to eight events all across the city in 2016!

Open Streets Minneapolis is the perfect chance to promote healthy living, local businesses, sustainable transportation and civic pride in Minneapolis. On multiple days throughout the year, we create miles of safe, car-free streets so that residents of all ages can walk, bike, shop, participate in spontaneous play activities, and get to know one another. All Open Streets events are free.

 

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