Open Streets Whitby is a program that opens streets to people and closes them to cars. Streets become paved parks that are open to pedestrians to walk, bike, wheel, skateboard, rollerblade or jog with activity hubs and pop-up activations along a 1.2 km stretch of Brock Street in Downtown Whitby. This is a free event that promotes physical activity and recreation and a healthy, active lifestyle.
Guillermo Penalosa, Chair of the Board for 8 80 Cities states it best:
“People traffic replaces car traffic and streets become ‘paved parks’ where people of all ages, abilities and social economic, ethnic backgrounds can come out and improve their mental, physical and emotional health.”
We invite you to come explore Whitby’s most iconic street on Saturday, September 28 in a fun and healthy way.
Open Streets 2018 Video
Date and Time: Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Downtown Whitby
Road Closure: Brock Street from Burns Street to Mary Street (1.2 km route)
(Please note: Dundas Street and Gilbert Street will remain open)
View the event poster for more details.
The 1.2 km route will feature four activity zones – Culture, Zen, Movement and Downtown Whitby Zones. A highlight of activities are listed below:
- Culture Zone: featuring a cultural fair at the Whitby Seniors’ Activity Centre, heritage displays, a graffiti artist and live music in Rotary Centennial Park.
- Zen Zone: featuring yoga classes and a park on the street.
- Movement Zone: featuring a bike obstacle course, skateboard ramp demonstration, Zumba and fitness classes, junior firefighter challenge and Durham Region 2019 Ontario Parasport Games.
- Downtown Zone: featuring a game zone, bike decorating, great photo ops, marketplace, demonstrations and children’s entertainment, places to eat and opportunity to explore downtown businesses.
To be announced
Accessing the Event
Brock Street from Burns Street to Mary Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. Soft closures will remain in effect including Dundas Street and Gilbert Street. DRPS will be onsite to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists through these intersections.
Driving: Residents are encouraged to ride their bikes or walk to the site. You can also drive to the site and be mindful of road closures and detours.
Parking: Residents are encouraged to use active transportation to access this event. Limited parking is available in the following municipal lots: Lots 3, 4, 5, and 7.
On-street parking is available. Please obey all parking signs and by-laws.
Active Transportation: Residents are encouraged to walk, bike or use other forms of active transportation to access this event.
Frequently Asked Questions
|Where is the Information Tent located?
|The information tent is located at the northwest corner of Dundas and Brock Streets.
|Can I bring my dog?
Yes, dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash, under control of their owner and owner's pick-up after them.
|Are there shuttle buses/transportation for the event?
| There are no shuttle busses, but residents can access the event using Durham Region Transit.
|What accessible features are available at this event?
|We will have assisted listening devices availabe (Portable T-Loop Systems) at the information tent located at the northwest corner of Dundas and Brock Streets. Accessible parking is available in all municipal lots and accessible washrooms are located at Columbus Hall and the Whitby Seniors’ Activity Centre (801 Brock Street South), as well as port-a-potties throughout the event route.
Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors
To sponsor this event see sponsorship information below.
Volunteer opportunities for all Town events including Open Streets Whitby, can be found on our Volunteers page.
Town events are sponsored and supported by local businesses and community organizations. To find out how your organization can contribute to Open Streets Whitby please contact the Manager of Advertising and Sponsorship Sales via email or phone 905.430.4300 x7488.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 905.430.4300 x7453 or x2238.