Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer Parkways 2011!!!!!

When Spokane shuts some streets down, antimayhem usually ensues. Think about Bloomsday or Hoopfest. Fun. Fun on the streets.

This year, Summer Parkways is back! Streets will be shut down for neighborhood parties that focus on fitness and fun. Last year, I had to work every single day of every single one of these. I think this year will be different. I am dusting off the ukulele, enhancing the Xtracycle sound system and scotchguarding a kilt for this event. It will be that good of a time.

I received this information today about Summer Parkways and am passing it on to you:

In 2011 we have expanded to three events. As you know the streets become a huge park and people have the chance to enjoy the car-free streets of the course, and participate in the outdoor activities at the event.

This year we have added a new feature for groups called "meet-ups". This provides the opportunity for cycling groups/clubs/friends to ride together to the event from a set location, then do the course. This makes it a fun way to arrive as a group, plus alleviates parking. The meet up can be set up on the website page www.summerparkways.com/meet-ups

Below is the event information. Feel free to edit to suit.

Let me know if you have any questions, and hope you'll be there!

With thanks,

Katherine Widing
Summer Parkways PR

Summer Parkways 2011: Fun and fitness in Spokane!

The second year of Summer Parkways is taking place in three different Spokane neighborhoods. It was inspired by an event called Ciclovia (meaning "bike path" in Spanish) in Bogota, Columbia. Streets are closed to vehicular traffic and opened up to games, walkers, cyclists, exercise groups, skateboards and other human-powered activity. Summer Parkways promotes a healthy lifestyle and provides a chance to join families, friends and neighbors for free outdoor, family-friendly and community activities in parks and on car-free streets. Walk, cycle or skate, test ride an ElliptiGO bike, swivel your hips hula hooping, unleash creativity with chalk art, try TRX, dance to the beat of Zumba or try out many other activities.

Collect a group for a "meet-up". Meet-ups give cycling groups/clubs/friends the chance to ride together or choose any human-powered transportation - unicycles, skates (or penny farthing anyone?) to the event from a set location, then participate in the course. This makes it a fun way to arrive as a group, plus alleviates parking. The meet up can be set up on the website page www.summerparkways.com/meet-ups

Kick off this year's Summer Parkways with an evening of fun in the Manito/Comstock neighborhood on June 22nd from 6.00pm-9.00pm, followed by daytime events in North Hill and Northwest neighborhoods.

The events are presented by Spokane Parks and Recreation, The City of Spokane, and the SpokeFest Association.

Make Summer Parkways a success by participating in the action, or volunteering. For more information, visit www.summerparkways.com or email summerparkways@gmail.com and www.facebook.com/summerparkways

Save the dates:
Manito/Comstock: Wednesday 22 June, 6.00pm - 9.00pm
North Hill: Sunday 24 July, 10.00am - 2.00pm
Northwest: Sunday 14 August, 10.00am - 2.00pm

I think they are still looking for volunteers, if you are interested as well.

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