City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to Host Corridors Connect Event Series
The City of Charlotte, in partnership with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and Public Heath, will host a series of six “Corridors Connect” events in October.
Corridors Connect is a new, more compact iteration of the popular event series Open Streets, providing opportunities for connectivity, health and wellness, and celebration of community by turning a one-mile stretch of neighborhood street into a park for a day.
“Bringing the Open Streets concept to these neighborhoods is a tangible, on-the-ground commitment to the city’s Corridors of Opportunity initiative,” said Monica Holmes, Corridors of Opportunity executive manager. “It’s a multicultural, multigenerational and multilingual experience for a diverse and fast-growing community. These corridors are vital to the health of Charlotte’s communities, serving as links that connect people to the resources and businesses they need to live and thrive.”
Corridors Connect will consist of six events along routes throughout the Corridors of Opportunity focus areas. All events will have food and fun activities for all ages and will take place from 1-5 p.m. on back-to-back Sundays in October.
Oct. 8: The I-85/Sugar Creek Road Corridor and the Albemarle Road/Central Avenue Corridor.
Oct. 15: The Beatties Ford Road/Rozzelles Ferry Road Corridor and the Graham Street/North Tryon Street Corridor.
Oct. 22: The West Boulevard Corridor and the Freedom Drive/Wilkinson Boulevard Corridor.
“The future of recreation in Mecklenburg County must be characterized by equity and meeting people where they are,” said W. Lee Jones, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation director. “Popular events like Corridors Connect show us what is possible when we create public spaces that promote active living and connect people to each other and to their environment.”
Events are within walking and biking distance of parks and public transportation. Neighbors and businesses along the routes will be notified so they can plan accordingly.
Corridors of Opportunity is a $67+ million initiative supporting six underinvested areas in Charlotte. The Corridors of Opportunity program is geared toward fostering a thriving community for existing residents and business owners, building lasting legacies, and providing holistic opportunities to grow in a connected and equitable way.
For more information, including route maps, visit OpenStreets704.com.