SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Several blocks were closed down for the annual Open Street festival held on Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City.
Nine blocks to be exact, were shut down to cars but open to people during the fun filled festival that brought hundreds of people out and into the sunshine.
The event stretched from Pioneer Park at 400 West to West Temple Street, and north to south from 200 South to 300 South, including Pierpont Street. It was filled with skaters, bikers and dancers during the event that also featured family friendly games, scavenger hunts, live music, local food and a beer garden.
Organizers said taking vehicles out of the mix lets residents and visitors experience downtown in a whole new way.
“I honestly think it makes people kind of recreate their way of recreation,” Tara Olson, Salt Lake City Events Manager said. “I mean when you get into the street with no cars on it, it makes people feel safe, it makes people feel that they’re out and doing something they normally wouldn’t do and it kind of reframes your perspective on recreating in the outdoors.”
Open Streets encourages the use of sustainable transportation methods and healthy lifestyles. Easy access to public transit and GREENbike stations that are along the route gave people an opportunity to experience sustainable transportation in a fun, safe environment.