On September 21 from noon – 4:00 p.m., University will be open to people biking, walking, skating, having fun and experiencing the avenue in a new way.
St. Paul Open Streets is coming back for a second year, and bringing lots to see and do with it:
- Little Mekong Street Market, with food and local vendors
- Live performances at two stages
- Arts activities throughout the event
- Local vendors and restaurants
- Shirt Off My Back 5K presented by the Midway Chamber of Commerce
- All while biking and walking down the middle of University Avenue
Lend a hand
Spend a couple hours to make St. Paul Open Streets the best it can be. Volunteer for a shift – there’s a free t-shirt in it for you. We need help with:
- Street Monitors To keep the street “open” we need to keep cars off the street during the event. Volunteers are needed at most intersections to set up the barricades (first shift only) and make sure no cars turn onto University Avenue while the street is closed. This is great for people watching or as a fun way to volunteer with a friend.
- Roving Ambassadors Are you a people person? Do you have an interest in engaging with Open Streets participants while moving along University Avenue? If so, then the roving ambassador’s position is for you! We need volunteers willing to hand out schedules and administer surveys throughout the day. In addition, these volunteers will count traffic of bicyclists and pedestrians for 15 minutes at the top of every hour.
- Wranglers Are you comfortable directing non-motorized traffic? Volunteers are needed to direct bicycle and pedestrian traffic around venue areas. Shifts are available throughout the event. If you feel comfortable directing bicyclists and walkers or want to volunteer at a specific event then this is the perfect position for you.
- Set-up/Break Down Crew These shifts take place before or after the event. Volunteers are needed to set up street barricades from 7am before the event begins and then to help tear down beginning at 3:30pm. We will have everything you need to set up and tear down.
- Clean-Up Crew We want to leave a good impression in the neighborhood and leave no traces behind of the fun had during the event. Volunteers are needed for a shift at the end of the event to help pick up the trash bins and garbage along the route. Gloves and bags are provided. Volunteers with bike trailers are encouraged to sign up.
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Support the event
We are looking for a few good people or organizations to help sponsor the event. Sponsorship starts at $250 and is an easy way to raise your profile with 10,000 + event attendees. As a bonus, any St. Paul Open Streets sponsorship will also have the added exposure at the Midway Chamber of Commerce 5K Run/Walk that morning. Spots are filling up fast. more….
Calling all artists
Artists, artist teams and community arts groups are invited to submit projects to be presented at St. Paul’s Open Streets. We welcome creative ideas from any and all disciplines: story telling, music, writing, dance, theater, photography, painting, spoken word, placemaking, sculpture, beading, crafts, improv, creative games or athletic activities, puppetry, storytelling, mosaic, and anything else you can dream up! There is a stipend for projects. Deadline for proposals is midnight on Friday, August 15.
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What is St. Paul Open Streets?
St. Paul Open Streets is a one day event bringing together families, neighbors and friends to mingle, recreate, dine, play and shop in their community in a safe, car-free environment. This is not a race. Participants can explore the street that is open only to foot, bicycle and skate traffic. In addition to bicycling, walking and skating, there are programmed recreational activities for all ages along the street. Some of these activities might include yoga, zumba, games and dance lessons. There will also be musical performances and classes on bike safety and repair.
Last year was the first Open Streets event in St. Paul, which saw thousands of people packing the streets of University Avenue. This year we expect and even bigger turnout, with more vendors and visitors than in 2013.