Apr 03, 2024

Newton Open Streets Event is April 28

Posted Apr 03, 2024 9:00 AM
Newton Open Streets
Newton Open Streets

NEWTON, Kan. β€”  The Harvey County Health Department and the Healthy Harvey Coalition are coming together on Sunday, April 28 for a new community Open Streets event.

Healthy Harvey Coalition Coordinator Lorrie Kessler said at a City Commission meeting in January that the idea is to take the street and turn it into a place for people.

"The idea is that this would be more open and allow people to congregate and make the street into a park for a while.”

The event is described as a free community-building event to bring together Newtonians of all ages and fitness levels to promote healthy, active living and social engagement. The idea is based on the annual Open Streets ICT event in Wichita.

The street closures will include the 100 blocks of East Fifth and East Sixth, Oak Street between Fifth and Seventh, and the intersection of Broadway and Oak.

The Health Department says the event will provide more than just opportunities for physical exercise – it’s an exercise in building community, cultural identity, and social engagement. The organizers are still working out plans for food trucks, vendors, and entertainment.

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