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Open Streets Whitby is a program that opens streets to people and closes them to cars.  Streets become paved parks that are open to pedestrians to walk, bike, wheel, skateboard, rollerblade or jog with activity hubs and pop-up activations along a 1.2 km stretch of Brock Street in Downtown Whitby. This is a free event that promotes physical activity and recreation and a healthy, active lifestyle.

Giliuarmo Penalosa, Executive Director of 8-80 Cities states it best:

People traffic replaces car traffic and streets become ‘paved parks’ where people of all ages, abilities and social economic, ethnic backgrounds can come out and improve their mental, physical and emotional health.”

We invite you to come explore Whitby’s most iconic street on Saturday, September 29 in a fun and healthy way.



Event Details

Date and Time: Saturday September 29, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:  Downtown Whitby

Road Closure: Brock Street from Burns Street to Mary Street (1.2 km route) 

(Please note: Dundas Street and Gilbert Street will remain open)

View the event poster for more details. 


Event Highlights

The 1.2 km route will feature four activity zones – Culture, Zen, Movement and Downtown Whitby Zones.  A highlight of activities are listed below:

  • Culture Zone: featuring a cultural fair at the Whitby Seniors’ Activity Centre, heritage displays, a graffiti artist and live music in Rotary Centennial Park.
  • Zen Zone: featuring yoga classes and a park on the street.
  • Movement Zone: featuring a bike obstacle course, skateboard ramp demonstration, Zumba and fitness classes, junior firefighter challenge and ParaSport games.
  • Downtown Zone: featuring a game zone, bike decorating, great photo ops, marketplace, demonstrations and children’s entertainment,  places to eat and opportunity to explore downtown businesses.

 


Event Schedule

Great activities will be happening in each zone throughout the day. View the schedule of events for each zone.

Culture Zone (MAGENTA)

Location: Burns Street to Trent Street 

ACTIVITY

TIME

Cultural fair (with food trucks) at Whitby Seniors’ Activity Centre

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

An historical re-enactment presented by the 49th Regiment of Foot – Grenadier Company at Lynde House Museum

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tai Chi class at Rotary Centennial Park

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Live music by Kevin Foster – Canadiana, Top 40 and Country at Rotary Centennial Park (bandshell stage)

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Live music by Aaron Roberts – steel drums at Rotary Centennial Park (bandshell stage)

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Graffiti artist

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bicycle parking station

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sidewalk chalk

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bike decorating station

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Heritage booths and activities

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Zen Zone (LIME GREEN)

Location: Trent Street to St John Street

ACTIVITY

TIME

Yoga class

10:00 a.m.

Yoga class

10:30 a.m.

Pilates class

11:00 a.m.

Yoga class

12:00 p.m.

Yoga class

1:00 p.m.

Park in the street – relaxation area and seating

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Henna tattoos

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Pop-up, interactive art station

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wellness vendors

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Movement Zone (BLUE)

Location: St John Street to Colborne Street

 

ACTIVITY

TIME

ParaSport Games demonstrations and activities

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Joyride 150 – outdoor bicycle obstacle course

Staff will also teach bike safety and new skills

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Zumba class

10:00 a.m. to 10:30a.m.

Skateboard demonstrations – with Professional Skateboarder TJ Rogers

10:30 a.m. / 11:30 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. /

1:00 p.m.

Pickleball court – open to all ages

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Kick boxing class  

12 noon

Kids fitness class

1:00 p.m.

Jr. Firefighter challenge

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sport organizations and recreation vendors

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Stilt walker

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Basketball statue – Photo op spot

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Downtown Zone (ORANGE) – South

Location: Colborne Street to Dundas Street (south side)

 

ACTIVITY

TIME

Giant checkers, chess, Connect 5 and scrabble.  Bean bag toss, bubble machine, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk and more!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Live music by Aaron Roberts – steel drums

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Whitby Public Library activity station

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Local businesses activations

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Park in the Street

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Photo Op spots

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Marketplace (on Colborne Street)

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Accessing the Event

Road closures: 

Brock Street from Burns Street to Mary Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. Soft closures will remain in effect including Dundas Street and Gilbert Street. DRPS will be onsite to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists through these intersections.

Driving: Residents are encouraged to ride their bikes or walk to the site. You can also drive to the site and be mindful of road closures and detours.

Parking: Residents are encouraged to use active transportation to access this event. Limited parking is available in the following lots: Lots 3, 4, 5, and 7.

On-street parking is available. Please obey all parking signs and by-laws.

Active Transportation: Residents are encouraged to walk, bike or use other forms of active transportation to access this event.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash, under control of their owner and owner's pick-up after them.

Are there shuttle buses/transportation for the event?
 There are no shuttle busses, but residents can access the event using Durham Region Transit.

Thank You to our Sponsors

To sponsor this event see sponsorship information below.

Supporting Sponsors

 Mount Lawn Cemetery Logo


Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities

 Volunteer opportunities for all Town events including Open Streets Whitby, can be found on our Volunteers page.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Town events are sponsored and supported by local businesses and community organizations. To find out how your organization can contribute to Open Streets Whitby please contact the Manager of Advertising and Sponsorship Sales via email or phone 905.430.4300 x7488.


Contact

For more information contact events@whitby.ca  or phone 905.430.4300 x7453 or x2238.