Festival atmosphere takes over major thoroughfare closed to traffic, as businesses, organizations supply food, music and fun
Thousands of people strolled, biked, skated and danced their way during a cloudless, fall-like day along an Eldridge Parkway closed to motorists Sunday, October 2, when Cigna Sunday Streets visited a Houston neighborhood outside Loop 610 for the first time.
Many of those visitors were discovering one of The Energy Corridor’s most vibrant streets – with its diverse dining opportunities, upscale apartment communities and a variety of businesses – for the first time.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner kicked off the day with a press conference before joining a line dance and then walking much of the mile-long route, shaking hands, chatting with Sunday Street-goers, visiting booths and taking in the festival-like scene.
“This is about getting to know one another,” Mayor Turner said.
Designed to promote healthy lifestyles, Cigna Sunday Streets also brings communities together giving people a safe, healthy way to explore Houston neighborhoods, the mayor explained.
For City of Houston Council Member Greg Travis, Sunday Streets – Energy Corridor reflected the vibrancy that can be found in some Houston suburban communities. “We are just so glad that the powers that be have recognized that there is, indeed, life outside Loop 610," said Travis said during the press conference.
Clark Martinson, executive director of The Energy Corridor District – a primary facilitator for the event – also joined the Mayor on the main stage, bringing along his Penny Farthing high-wheeled bicycle which he rode to the delight of the numerous children walking and biking the route with their families.
Preparations for Sunday Streets on Eldridge began months ago when The District sought an Energy Corridor location for the motorist-free celebration, which is produced by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOSE).
“What better way to promote healthy lifestyles in West Houston than to encourage biking and walking on a major street without worrying about motorists” Martinson exclaimed.
Many bicycling visitors took advantage of the location to explore the adjacent and extensive trails along Terry Hershey Park, before sampling a diverse assortment of food, gobbling free goodies like snow cones and popcorn, trying out the lawn games along the route and listening to live bands hosted by Eldridge businesses.
“It was a great day to explore The Energy Corridor, but what made it special was all the businesses and groups that participated and provided so many fun activities,” said Kelly Rector, TDM program manager for The District. “Also, many businesses opened their parking lots and garages to the public, making it easy to visit Sunday Streets.
“We thank everybody who helped make the event successful,” said Rector, “and especially Cigna and the City of Houston for featuring an Energy Corridor neighborhood.”
To catch a glimpse of the fun, visit The District’s Sunday Streets photo album here.