Downtown Open Streets

We are temporarily opening the streets to people and closes them to cars! “People traffic” replaces car traffic and the streets become “paved parks,” where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health for FREE. Ride bikes, play hopscotch, do a workout, whatever!



All the Deets for Open Streets

For the second year, DSI is hosting Downtown Open Streets presented by Memorial Health System!! The event takes place on the paved streets around the Old State Capitol on Saturday, May 4 “May the Fourth Be With You” from 11-3, so there’s plenty of time to participate and watch the Kentucky Derby later that day….

Open Streets temporarily opens streets to people and closes them to cars. People can travel the loop from Washington Street to 5th to Monroe Street to 6th on their bikes, skateboards, skates, by foot or otherwise and enjoy the activity hubs on the “spokes” around the Old State Capitol and on Monroe and Adams.

Mosquito Joe “Outside is Fun Again” and a bevy of Springfield organizations will be providing health, fitness & FUN activities for all ages — ALL FOR FREE!

Old State Capitol Plaza

The first 200 attendees at the event will get a free drawstring backpack/shopping bag by visiting the DSI Information Booth on the Old State Capitol Plaza. Maps and times of all of the activities will also be available. Families should also stop by the Ace Bike Shop Corral on 6th at Adams Street to be entered in a drawing for an adolescent’s bike valued at $239. The drawing for the bike will be held at 1:30 pm right before the Bicycle Parade that starts at 6th and Washington.

Plus, “check out” new and gently used paperbacks and hardbacks for free from Land of Lincoln Bookshare.

5th Street between Washington and Monroe

Check your health knowledge and your blood pressure with Memorial; get a first look at Springfield’s coming BikeShare program, Gotcha; play bingo with Girls on the Run; practice Yoga with Willow City Farm’s goats and puppies; watch a performance by Dance Creations Dance Studio; do some crafts with Lincoln Memorial Garden; and learn about roller derby from the MidState Mayhem Roller Derby women’s team and Capital City Hooligans men’s teams.

Adams Street between 4th and 5th

Get ready for the 1:30 pm Bicycle Parade by decorating your bike with US Kiddos and Central Baptist Church; play “old-school” playground games in front of the Kidzeum; and get your portrait taken at the Curtain and Leaf booth.

Adams Street between 6th and 7th

Park your bike for free at the Ace Bike Shop Bike Corral and register for a childrens’ bike giveaway; stop by The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space for the 2 pm public ribbon cutting; and test your abilities at Springfield Bicycle Club’s fun obstacle course.

6th and Washington Streets

Participate in the “Bicycle Parade”  at 1:30 pm; enjoy a performance by Springfield Youth Performance Group; take a free boot camp class every half hour with 180 Fitness; sign up to start running with Springfield Road Runners Club with their Abe’s Army program; watch experienced skateboarders in a Ramp Jam hosted by Boof City Skate Shop or learn tips for beginners; and make wind chimes with Wild Rose.

6th and Monroe Streets

Enjoy a Plant It bar with succulents and air plants with The Roost; make on-demand screen-printed T-shirts at Murphy’s Loft; look at APL animals to adopt with Studio on Sixth, enjoy 50% off select items in the store, and participate in Studio’s Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contest, with prizes for every participant.

Monroe Street between 4th and 7th

Take free classes provided by the YMCA including street hockey, basketball, zumba spin class, and more; sit on the street in Custom Cup’s colorful tables and chairs; and enjoy a live band performance on an outdoor stage thanks to Dumb Records.

Get up-t0-the-minute posts on DSI’s Facebook event page.

Downtown Open Streets

DSI & premier sponsor Memorial Health System are working together to create a vibrant city that is happier, healthier and more fun. This FREE event for the whole family encourages you to use downtown streets in an exciting new way! Open Streets temporarily closes streets to cars. “People traffic” replaces car traffic and the streets become “paved parks” where people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can come out and improve their health!

Ride Your Bikes or Run/Walk to Open Streets! or Park Your Cars Conveniently Close at These Locations:
2nd & Washington Lot – enter from 2nd or Wash. (free)
Convention Center Parking Garage – enter from 7 th east to Wash. ($1 per hour)
City Garage at 8th and Capitol – take 9th to Capitol (free)
Central Baptist Church Parking Lot – enter from 4th St (free)

Horace Mann Parking Lot – enter from East Jefferson St. (free)

Some of the Activities during Open Streets – All for FREE!

  • Ride laps around the perimeter for fun prizes
  • Park your bike at the ACE Bike Shop Corral and visit downtown businesses for lunch or shopping
  • Decorate your bike with Our Vibrant Community & Central Baptist Church
  • Test your skill at the all-ages bicycle course thanks to the Springfield Bicycle Club
  • Participate in fitness right there on the STREET! Cardio Drumming, a Spin Class by the YMCA or Crossfit
  • Sign up for Abe’s Army with the Springfield Road Runners Club
  • Watch a BMX demonstration
  • Get a quick check-up at the Memorial tent
  • First aid station and water stations
  • and MORE!!

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