Get healthy with Evansville Streets Alive!

Evansville Streets Alive! is taking place this morning from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fulton Avenue between Diamond Avenue and Maryland Street.

Evansville Streets Alive! is an event for residents to be involved in healthy and physical activities. The event promotes the alternative modes of transportation and reacquaints Evansville residents with other neighborhoods and parks.

"This is the ultimate 'share the road' event", says Roberta Heiman, Chairperson for Evansville Streets Alive! "The point we're making is that our streets aren't just for cars, they're for people. We want Evansville streets to be safe places for people of all ages and physical abilities to walk and ride bikes as part of routine daily activities. It's not just healthier, it's more fun!"

The over one-mile stretch of Fulton Avenue will be closed to vehicles during the event.

Besides simply opening up the street to bicycles and foot traffic, there will also be a Participation Play area with two stages hosting activities, exercise and dance for the community to engage in, an Eat & Greet Way consisting of healthy food and drinks and information on how to live a healthy lifestyle, and Children's Areas with activities running throughout the event to promote health and exercise for children, just to name a few.

"Evansville Streets Alive! is the kind of activity we need to help reverse this city's obesity problem and make Evansville known as a vibrant place to live, work and play", says Evansville Mayor, Lloyd Winnecke.

There will be a shuttle service from Rural King on St. Joseph to Diamond and Fulton and from Orthopaedic Associates on Columbia St. to Maryland and Fulton. This section of Fulton Avenue can also be accessed from Garvin Park via the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage.

This family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the City of Evansville, Deaconess Hospital, Escalade Sports, Evansville Area Trails Coalition, Healthier Evansville, St. Mary's Hospital, University of Southern Indiana, and WNIN.

To learn more about Healthier Evansville, click here.

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