Get in on the ground floor of a collaborative community event
A Thursday, April 9 gathering will formally launch Santa Barbara’s third annual Open Streets and welcome new partners and sponsors. Want to support, be involved in, or learn more about this community event, which will transform two miles of Cabrillo Boulevard into the city’s largest public park for a day, hosting a projected 15,000 plus participants? Join Open Streets collaborators from 6–9 pm at Telegraph Brewing Company, 418 N. Salsipuedes. Tickets are $20, and the proceeds support Santa Barbara Open Streets. To attend, buy your tickets online for the Open Streets kickoff. (Search “Open Streets” at Night Out.)
Santa Barbara’s Open Streets 2015, set for October 24, will feature stations along two miles of Cabrillo Blvd., where local businesses and service providers can build exposure and engage with the community, offering classes or a taste of their product or service. Last year, over a hundred activity providers offered dance, fitness, and yoga classes, as well as activities that inspired creative expression. “We expect even more this year,” says organizer Robin Elander of Global Good Impact.
Think your organization might want to plan out a section of the street or help coordinate lead-up events? Open Streets and its organizing partners— the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (SBBIKE), the event’s fiscal sponsor; Traffic Solutions; and Global Good Impact—are excited to connect with you.
And connection is what Open Streets is all about. “I absolutely love building community, and this is the most incredible outpouring of community I’ve come across,” says Elander. “People are coming together and sharing in community, in health, in everything that’s the best about Santa Barbara.” Elander’s looking forward not just to the event itself but to all the collaborative opportunities leading up to it, like next month’s kickoff gathering.
“I love the relationships built through the event,” Elander adds. “It’s such a beautiful way to connect, and the connections continue to grow the event in its third year and spur other creative ideas among participating organizations.”
SBBIKE executive director Ed France is excited as well. The bicycle coalition’s involvement has grown this year, as it takes over fiscal sponsorship from COAST. “Open Streets aspires to be, and is rapidly becoming, the premier health and wellness event in Santa Barbara,” says France. “It’s about bicycling and walking—active lifestyles—and active use of public space, which is critical to healthy communities.”
To make your mark on this community event, consider becoming a sponsor or attending the gathering that will help us raise funds for the initiative. Join us at Telegraph Brewing Company on Thursday, April 9, or contact Elander directly at firstname.lastname@example.org / 805-216-1223. Find out more about SB Open Streets here.