Celebrating Healthy Living (and having fun) at Open Streets
Aerial Photo by Stephen Tyler, stphntylr.com
The second annual Open Streets festival on Uptown NW 23 drew thousands on what was a perfect afternoon weather wise.
Some of you have followed my brief updates on my journey to better health. Two years ago I couldn't have even contemplated walking a block and certainly not the stretch from Western to Robinson Avenues. But being 130 pounds lighter than I was in January, 2014, it's thrilling to be able to enjoy all that Open Streets has to offer.
Open Streets is, after all, a celebration of community and the idea that we can all find ways to enjoy healthier lifestyles. So as I walked Uptown and all the various activities, I shot baskets with my sons and laughed as they used every bit of lung capacity to blow the sails of tiny boats. We snacked on fruit, consumed a lot of water, and ended our day with my younger son in a bounce castle while my older son played chess at a table hosted by the Wise Owls chess club.
We could have danced with Renaissance performers or with an urban dance troop across the street. Quite honestly, I think it would be fantastic if the two groups merged and tried each others' moves out for fun at the next Open Streets.
The end at 4 p.m. came way too quickly. Oklahoma City is blessed with festivals in the urban core every week these days. But this once a year Open Streets stands out as perhaps the best of show - one that is specifically geared to getting all of us to celebrate in a healthy way, and maybe go home knowing healthy fun can be had throughout the year.
As someone who needs to learn this over and over again, I can't say thank you enough to the Oklahoma City/County Health Department and Uptown for making Open Streets a reality.
The following photos were posted on Twitter by Open Streets OKC and the Uptown Association: