Under Saturday’s blue skies, Carpinteria will host its first Open Streets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 — no fooling.
More than 80 diverse, free activities to take place along the one-mile route for people of all ages and abilities in downtown Carpinteria. The goal of Open Streets is to promote public health, active transportation and community by transforming streets into a public park for a day.
The last three Open Streets events organized by the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, Traffic Solutions and Global Good Impact occurred on Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara and attracted 20,000 participants to get active in the streets. Construction on Cabrillo prompted a move to Carpinteria.
“The goal has been to move Open Streets from community to community throughout Santa Barbara County,” Executive Director Ron Elander. “This year, organizers were invited by the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce to host an event in Carpinteria.”
Open Streets will be on Linden Avenue (from 9th Street to Carpinteria State Beach), 8th Street (eastbound from Linden Avenue to Palm Street), and 9th street (westbound from Linden Avenue to Reynolds Avenue).
Open Streets activities include: climbing, tarp surfing,family friendly scavenger hunt, fire truck and firefighters boot camp, ukulele song circle, bike obstacle course, arts and crafts, family fun with the Boys and Girls Club, and over 30 different fitness classes for all ages including yoga, zumba, spin bike, salsa, tai chi, dance, arts and crafts, youth bands, sustainability zone, scavenger hunt andstreet games.
Residents and businesses along the route are encouraged to take advantage of the extra space for the day and engage with the community in fun and creative ways. Businesses are invited to offer free activities at their storefronts and in the street. Residents were invited to host a Block Party or lead activities for their neighborhood — and to sweeten the deal, Open Streets organizers are offering $50 to $100 grants.
Organizers depend on sponsors and grants to be able to offer this event for free to the entire community.
Residents along the route will not be able to park or drive their car on the street from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of the event. Remote parking lots for affected residents have been arranged at Aliso Elementary School, the former Main School, and Carpinteria Middle School after 7 p.m. on Friday through 7 p.m. Saturday.