The second annual Evansville Streets Alive! festival will take place on Fulton Avenue this year. On Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., Fulton Avenue will be closed off to vehicle traffic between Maryland Street and Diamond Avenue. Healthier Evansville and Evansville-area Trails Coalition are teaming up to host this free, “open streets” event promoting physical activity and healthy foods. This 1.2-mile stretch on Fulton Avenue also connects to the Pigeon Creek Greenway.
“What makes ‘Streets Alive’ so much fun is that it’s all about being active,” says Roberta Heiman of the Trails Coalition. “Our vendors will take to the streets and lead people in dances, yoga, tai chi, balance exercises, roller skating, (and) jump roping.”
Additionally, Disney Radio plans to bring games and activities for kids. Dan’s Comp bicycle shop will give away a new, top-quality bicycle. The Bicycle Club of Evansville will have a pedal-powered smoothie machine.
“I think there are multiple benefits to Streets Alive!” Heiman adds. “It encourages people to be physically active. It gets us to think about streets in a new way — as a transportation system for people, not just people in cars but people on foot, on bikes, on skates, in wheelchairs. It’s also good for businesses along the route. And it’s free for everyone.”
Healthier Evansville and Evansville-area Trails Coalition are pleased to have the support of Fulton Avenue residents and businesses.
“Evansville Streets Alive! is the kind of activity we need to help reverse the city’s obesity problem and make Evansville known as a vibrant place to live, work, and play,” says Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.
For more information on Evansville Streets Alive! festival, see our Guide.