Saturday’s 3rd annual Open Streets event brought upwards of 15,000 walkers, bicyclists, skaters, and more to Garden Grove. Streets were closed to cars for nearly three miles to create a route for all forms of non-motorized active transportation.
“On April Fools’ Day, we took back our streets, and turned them into places for people to walk, bike, skate, and socialize with each other. Residents and visitors were able to experience Garden Grove in a whole new healthier way, and glimpse what the future of our city may look like,” said Mayor Steve Jones.
The route traveled from West Street to Garden Grove Boulevard, and Acacia Parkway to Historic Main Street. Streets were filled with activities, displays, and demonstrations including zip lines, 15-foot spinning orbitrons, wine tasting, food trucks, a pop-up skate park, the Vans shoe car, giant Adirondack chairs, a 4-D chalk artist, and a dog agility show and expo.
An after party, hosted by the Garden Grove Downtown Business Association, continued on Historic Main Street at 6:00 p.m., with a live performance by the classic rock band, “The Answer.” Strolling performers complemented other activities, such as face painting, a beer garden, and more.
The City partnered with Go Human to produce the event. Go Human is a campaign aimed at reducing traffic collisions in Southern California and encouraging people to walk and bike more.
The event was funded in conjunction with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities, and more than 18 million residents.