Back by popular demand after thousands of visitors attended last year, Cigna Sunday Streets Energy Corridor will close down parts of Eldridge Parkway from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, December 3, letting strolling families, bicyclists, skaters and others safely explore the Energy Corridor and its parks, shops, restaurants and organizations.
And once again, local businesses and groups can not only join the fun, they can be the fun. All it takes is to host an activity or offering that embraces the event’s family-oriented theme, one focused on healthy living.
There is no charge to set up a booth or activity for Cigna Sunday Streets – Energy Corridor, which is organized by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOSE) and coordinated by Energy Corridor District staff.
A community planning meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, at Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 1140 Eldridge Parkway, Suite 100, is an opportunity for businesses to hear more about Sunday Streets. MOSE and Energy Corridor District representatives will be on hand to answer questions.
“We encourage businesses to attend the planning meeting to gain a better understanding of this unique Energy Corridor event,” explains Rachael Weaver, community relations manager for the District.
MOSE reminds potential participants that Cigna Sunday Streets is not a street festival, rather it is a family-friendly opportunity to be physically active.
Booths and tents are not allowed on the streets, sidewalk or medians. To carve out a place along Eldridge for a tent, contact MOSE for details at 832-393-0825.
If you want to be in front of a large commercial property such as the Kroger strip center at Briar Forest, MOSE can seek permission from the property owner or manager. For smaller properties along the route, groups wishing to participate should contact the managers or owners of those properties.
Businesses and organizations along the route can also provide entertainment or programs within or on their private property. Last year there were live bands, lawn games, miniature golf, massage demonstrations, book signings, giveaways, arts and craft showings, and more in the parking lots along Eldridge. Routine permits are required for outdoor activities.
Bars and restaurants can also participate and are encouraged to open during Sunday Streets. They can extend their patios or even create patios if they do not currently exist by providing temporary outdoor space and seating on their private property or parking lots. Please refer to TABC guidelines.
Last year’s fall event exceeded expectations, drawing more than 20,000 Houstonians, television news crews and even Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Participating businesses, restaurants and organizations can leverage the excitement by posting pictures and videos on social media and tagging #SSHTX.
“We are excited and proud to once again show off the Energy Corridor with a well-received event that showcases safe pedestrian and bicycle travel,” says Kelly Rector, TDM program manager for the District. “It is one of those special times that allows nearby neighbors as well as communities from all over Houston to connect and experience some of the great things the Energy Corridor has to offer.”
For more, visit the #SSHTX events page here.