Open Streets Whitby

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Open Streets Graphic

Graphic for Best Promotional Campaign achievement 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.

Guillermo Penalosa, Chair of the Board for 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 28 in a fun and healthy way.

Open Streets 2018 Video 



Event Details

Date and Time: Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 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

Check back in early September for a highlight of all this year's activities.


Activity Zones Schedule

The event features four zones – Culture, Zen, Movement and Downtown.

Note: the schedule will continue to be updated in the coming weeks.

Culture Zone (Magenta)

Location: Burns Street to Trent Street

Activity

Time

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

Werden's Plan Walking Tours (30 minutes each)

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tai Chi class at Rotary Centennial Park

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

Dance clubs and demonstrations

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Picasso on the Street – create your masterpiece with Sidewalk chalk and Station Gallery

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mini-Golf and football challenge

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Face painter and balloon artist

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Entertainment Stage featuring:

  • 10:30 a.m. The Wild Nellies
  • 11:30 a.m. JCode Choreography 
  • 1:30 p.m. Andy Griffith Kids Show
 

Zen Zone (Lime Green)

Location:Trent Street to St John Street

Classes instructed by Veda Yoga Studio and Live with Spirit Studio

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.

Yoga Class

2:00 p.m.

Henna Tattoos

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wellness Vendors

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Pawsilaties

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fun Activities with Hula Hoops

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 Movement Zone (Blue)

Location:St John Street to Colborne Street

Classes instructed by the Town of Whitby CRC Staff and Ana-Maria's Dance Academy

Activity

Time

“Try- Me” ParaSport Games demonstrations and activities (four sports will be featured)

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Mini Junior Bike Race 

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Movement Zone Stage: classes every hour including:

  • Zumba
  • Family Fitness
  • Kids Dance Class

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Durham Region Rollar Derby Demonstrations

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Pickleball and Badminton

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Jr. Firefighter challenge

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sport organizations and recreation vendors including:

  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Martial Arts and more!

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Stilt walker 

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Food trucks and relaxation area

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Downtown Zone (Orange) - North

Location:Mary Street to Dundas Street (north side)

Activity

Time

Smile Opportunities

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Rock wall

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Comets Baton Demonstrations

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Circus and Gymnastics demonstrations

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Martial arts demonstrations 

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Whitby Public Library Activation

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hopscotch, sidewalk chalk and more

 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall - Barbecue lunch and washrooms available

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Local Business Activations or enjoy lunch at one of the Downtown Restaurants

All Day

Downtown Whitby BIA Activation and Info Booth

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Downtown Zone (Orange) - South

Location:Dundas Street to Colborne Street (south Side)

Activity

Time

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

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Park in the Street

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Giant Pool Table – but use your feet!

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Steel Drums with Aaron Roberts

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Local businesses Activations 

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Info tent, great photo ops, bicycle parking, bicycle decorating (Colborne Street West)

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Photo Op spots

 

Culture Plan Event Activation - not to be missed!

11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Skateloft” and Skateboard Demonstrations – live DJ (on Colborne Street East)

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 municipal 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

Where is the Information Tent located?
The information tent is located at the northwest corner of Dundas and Brock Streets.
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.
What accessible features are available at this event?
We will have assisted listening devices availabe (Portable T-Loop Systems) at the information tent located at the northwest corner of Dundas and Brock Streets. Accessible parking is available in all municipal lots and accessible washrooms are located at Columbus Hall and the Whitby Seniors’ Activity Centre (801 Brock Street South), as well as port-a-potties throughout the event route.

Thank You to our 2019 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.