August’s installment of Open Streets series to feature local “green” initiatives and businesses, live entertainment, activities, food and more

Rt. 16 goes green this weekend as Somerstreets takes over just for the fun of it.

Rt. 16 goes green this weekend as Somerstreets takes over just for the fun of it.

For the third installment of the 2013 SomerStreets series, the City of Somerville presents “Going Green on Rt. 16” scheduled for Sunday, August 18 from noon – 4:00 p.m. along Route 16 (Alewife Brook Parkway), from Broadway to Dilboy Stadium. For this unique street fair, where “roads are closed to cars and open to you,” programming includes: Curious Creatures exhibit; live entertainment; craft fair; green initiative businesses; mini golf course; free swim at Dilboy Pool, and much more.

SomerStreets is the City of Somerville’s take on the internationally-renowned Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles, and opening them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running, and other modes of activity. Through SomerStreets, the city and its community partners aim to promote and encourage easy access to physical activity, fresh foods, and reconnecting with neighborhoods and businesses and their unique cultural elements in a thriving urban environment.

Along Route 16 activities for children and adults of all ages will include, but are not limited to:

  • “Car Free Somerville” Contest
  • Curious Creatures exhibit (2-4 p.m.)
  • Live entertainment
  • Craft fair
  • “Green” initiative business displays
  • Free Swim at Dilboy Pool
  • 9-hole mini golf course
  • Food and family friendly activities
  • Free snacks at Stop & Shop

Remaining 2013 SomerStreets events include Strike Up the Bands (Holland Street) on Sunday, September 8 and Monster Mashed-Up @ SomerStreets on Sunday, October 27.

SomerStreets builds on the Shape Up Somerville healthy living initiative. Similar open streets events take place all around the world, providing space normally taken up by automobile traffic for people to be more active. Special attention this year is being paid to providing fresh food at SomerStreets.

All SomerStreets events will run from 12-4 p.m., rain or shine.  If you have any questions, please contact Carlene Campbell at 857-523-9017.

 

7 Responses to “‘Going Green on RT. 16 @ SomerStreets’ set for August 18”

  1. Marie says:

    Better cancel your plans for today…too bad I just found out about this now. Who gives permission to close a state road (Rt. 16) for an entire day? And who is paying for this? Curious Creatures is great, but expensive. Entertainment? Free swim is great too (used to be free all the time in the 80s and 90s, when did that change?), but unless you live pretty close there is no way to get there. But none of that matters, because today your kids learn to play in the street, at our expense.

  2. Ron Newman says:

    It’s a Sunday, so you can park on any side street for free and walk to this event. (No resident parking rules on Sundays)

  3. Karen Rice says:

    ^ It must be miserable to go through life with that attitude.

  4. A.Moore says:

    Is Dilboy not big enough for this? It is close by. The street closings have now caused one person I Know who works in elderly care to send in their resignation due to these street closings.

  5. worth it says:

    it’s worth the inconvenience, those 3 kids in the photo look like they’re having fun.

  6. A. Moore says:

    And they could not have done the saem thing on nice soft green grass instead of hot blacktop?

  7. Larry says:

    No idea why they needed to close rt 16 for this. Why not just have a sign saying streetfair and have it at Dilboy. There was no reason to close route 16 for that stretch. Wanted to do some grocery shopping at Stop & Shop and realized I couldn’t get in or out as all the cars were backed up on broadway. They need to stop this.

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