Re-imagine Commercial Street, an Open Streets Event - July 20-21
Citizens and visitors are invited to see Commercial Street in Olde Town Conyers with a fresh perspective in the second Re-imagine Commercial Street Olde Town Conyers Open Streets event the weekend of July 15-16.
Open Streets is a concept in which a street is closed to automotive traffic and allows pedestrians to see the street in a healthier, sustainable and more vibrant city street experience. The open streets movement originated in Bogota, Columbia, and has since spread to North America and become a popular means of recreation and socialization in a number of cities.
“At our planning retreat in January, the city council discussed the idea of closing Commercial Street in historic downtown on a trial basis to create a plaza-type atmosphere where people can walk freely, enjoy family-friendly activities, visit and dine with neighbors, and more,” said Mayor Vince Evans. “If the concept proves popular and beneficial to stimulating businesses in the downtown area, closing Commercial Street permanently to through traffic could be something the council considers in the future.”
Commercial Street will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 20 when cars on the street will be asked to relocate for the remainder of the evening through Saturday evening, July 21. Beginning at 6 p.m., café tables and chairs for seating, music and performers for street-side entertainment, and games such as cornhole, giant Jenga, hula hoops and sidewalk chalk will be available for guests to enjoy in the street. Outdoor dining will be available by Commercial Street restaurants. Commercial Street will be reopened to through traffic on Sunday, July 22 at 8 a.m.
Future Re-imagine Commercial Street events will be held on the third Friday evening and Saturday of the month on August 17-18. Re-imagine Commercial Street will be held in conjunction with the Olde Town Summer Film Series at the Randal S. Mills City Center Park (Olde Town Pavilion).
For more information, visit the Re-imagine Commercial Street Olde Town Conyers Open Streets Facebook event page or call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606.