Fall Open Streets: Event, 9/7; Registration Deadline, 8/28


26 August 2019

Bicycles, bouncy houses and building blocks will line Downtown C Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 7, as the City of Lawton and Fit Kids of Southwest Oklahoma join forces with several other community partners to host the 2019 Fall Open Streets event.

More than 45 activities will be available for kids and families during the 4-hour event. Many booths will have goodies, giveaways, literature and more.

“This is a chance for everyone to get fit and active, as well as learn more about each other,” said Tiffany Martinez Vrska of the City of Lawton, who has served on the Open Streets committee since 2017. “Open Streets creates a wonderful sense of community by bringing businesses, agencies, individuals and government together for one amazing, health-based event.”

The collaborative initiative of Open Streets – a national movement that turns city streets into temporary playgrounds – began in Lawton in 2015. It is hosted biannually, fueled by volunteers and made possible through community partnerships and sponsorships. The day features recreational events, opportunities for arts and plenty of friendly competitions. Last year, the event committee purchased a smoothie bike that made its debut in May. Kids peddle away for a delicious and healthy snack.

“We want kids to know that it’s fun to be healthy,” said Sandy Foster of the TSET Healthy Living Program at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. “More than 90 percent of Open Streets attendees, according to survey results, said they found new ways to be fit and active at these events so that is exciting to see.”

This fall, Open Streets volunteers have teamed up with Midtown Animal Hospital to offer $10 heartworm checks and prevention checks. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome; doggie bags will be available for owners to clean up after their pets.

Activity vendor registration closes at midnight on Aug. 28. Those wishing to sign up may do so at no cost, pending reliable participation history. Details and guidelines may be found here.


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