On Sunday, September 25, Amazon, South University, and Fairmount neighborhoods will come together to celebrate in the streets as part of the sixth annual Eugene Sunday Streets program! From Amazon and University parks to the businesses on 19th Avenue and Agate Street, the streets will be filled with walkers, rollers, cyclists, music, dancing, vending and more. The first Sunday Streets Downtown of the year was a huge success with more than 6,000 participants; the largest Sunday Streets to date. We hope to see the trend continue with this fun, free, family friendly event from noon to 4 p.m.
The event lasts from noon to 4 p.m. and offers a wide variety of fun and creative opportunities. BMX rider Dave Nourie will host an interactive BMX clinic near the Amazon Pool on Hilyard Street. There you can also watch live performances, get a free bicycle helmet and try your skills at DJ yoga in the streets. University Park will feature three musical acts and the popular dunk tank. Washburne Park will host slacklining, tree climbing, gymnastics, live music and more.
Because several streets will be off-limits to cars, traffic will be impacted. From 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Hilyard Street between 24th and 27th avenues, 24th Avenue from Hilyard Street to Agate Street, and Agate Street from 24th to 19th avenues will be closed. With the help of volunteers, cars will be able to cross the route at Harris Street and 24th Avenue, Emerald Street and 24th Avenue, and Agate Street and 22th Avenue. Motorists, including those who are heading to the Shopping Center at 24th Avenue and Hilyard Street, are encouraged to park in the Very Little Theatre parking lot on 24th Avenue and Hilyard Street (northwest corner). Drivers are encouraged to plan for detours and short delays.
Eugene Sunday Street events are an outreach of the Public Works Department Transportation Options Team, aimed at engaging the community and promoting active transportation and healthy lifestyle choices.
Volunteers are still needed to make this event come to life. The greatest need is for intersection superheroes who ensure that both foot and car traffic flow smoothly. They also serve as route cheerleaders and are encouraged to wear costumes and be creative as they cheer the participants along the route. To sign up, contact Emily Farthing at SundayStreets@ci.eugene.or.us or register online www.eugene-or.gov/essvolunteer. For more information, go to: www.eugene-or.gov/655/Eugene-Sunday-Streets.