Open Streets Whitby



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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.

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 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 Durham Region 2019 Ontario 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 



Tai Chi class

10 a.m.

  • Cultural fair at Whitby Seniors’ Activity Centre
  • An historical re-enactment presented by the 49th Regiment of Foot – Grenadier Company at Lynde House Museum
  • Bicycle parking station
  • Bike decorating station
  • Graffiti artist
  • Heritage booths and activities
  • Sidewalk chalk

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Live music by Kevin Foster

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

Live performance from the Cast of “Next to Normal” presented Whitby Courthouse Theatre

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Live music by Aaron Roberts

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Location: Trent Street to St John Street



  • Park in the street
  • Henna tattoos
  • Pop up art station
  • Wellness vendors

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Yoga class

10:00 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. / 12:00 p.m. / 1:00 p.m.

Pilates class

11:00 a.m.


Movement Zone (BLUE)

Location: St John Street to Colborne Street




Zumba class

10 a.m.

Skateboard demonstrations – with professional skateboarder

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (lesson)

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (demonstration)

  • Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games demonstrations and activities
  • Joyride 150 – outdoor bicycle obstacle course and safety skills
  • Pickleball court
  • Jr. Firefighter challenge
  • Sport organizations and recreation vendors
  • Stilt walker
  • Basketball statue

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Taekwondo(demonstration and class)

12 p.m.

Live music by Kevin Foster

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Kids fitness class

1 p.m.


Downtown Zone (ORANGE) – South

Location: Colborne Street to Dundas Street (south side)




Live music by Aaron Roberts

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Checkers, chess, Connect 5 and scrabble.  bean bag toss, bubble machine, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk and more!
  • Whitby Public Library activity station
  • Local businesses activations  including fitness classes and activities by TWIST
  • Park in the street
  • Marketplace (on Colborne Street)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Downtown Zone (ORANGE) – North

Location: Dundas Street (north side) to Mary Street (south side)




  • Information tent and bike decorating
  • Mini junior bike race
  • Bicycle parking station
  • Rock wall

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Baton twirling demonstration

10 a.m.

Dance demonstration[SC1] 

10:30 a.m.

Martial arts demonstration

11 a.m.

BBQ hosted by the Columbus Hall (paid)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dance demonstration

12 p.m.

Live entertainment by Andy Griffith Kids Show

12:30 p.m.

Whitby School of Music

1 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 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.


For more information contact  or phone 905.430.4300 x7453 or x2238.