Lineup for Philly Free Streets on North Broad

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PhillyBite Philly Free StreetsPhiladelphia, PA - Mayor Jim Kenney today announced the programming highlights for the third Philly Free Streets program happening on August 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During remarks on North Broad Street, City officials touted the community collaboration that has led to this year’s programming.


From free admission to cultural institutions, to a beach on North Broad Streets, to a scavenger hunt on North Broad’s vibrant African American history, Philly Free Streets will have an array of programming available for those who walk, run, play, bike, and explore the route. To view the full listing of programs, visit http://www.phillyfreestreets.com/programming.

“We know that Philly Free Streets brings together people from across our city. Data from past years show that residents of at least 42 zip codes in Philadelphia attended our 2016 and 2017 programs, and we hope to have an even bigger turnout this year on North Broad Street.” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

Led by the Managing Director’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems (oTIS), Philly Free Streets highlights active transportation options, as well as neighborhood walkability and its positive impacts on public health, the environment, business, and the community. This year’s program is sponsored by Temple University and AARP Pennsylvania. Additional support has been provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“North Broad Street has been home to Temple University for more than a century, and we are delighted to have an opportunity to help host this exciting program,” President Richard M. Englert said. “We look forward to meeting our neighbors, sharing Temple’s talents in the arts, music, and health and fitness—and showcasing Philadelphia’s public university to everyone who participates in this amazing day.”

“Each year the City makes it a priority to connect with the local community in support of Philly Free Streets planning and program development. It is important that this program is driven by the community and, ultimately, is a reflection of the community. In fact, the reason that this year’s route was extended north to Butler Street came from working with community members,” said Michael Carroll, Deputy Managing Director for the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems.

Philly Free Streets is a people-powered initiative of the City of Philadelphia that temporarily closes streets to cars, inviting people to walk, bike, and play. This year the event will take place on Saturday, August 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The route is eight-miles round-trip connecting City Hall and Erie Avenue on North Broad Street. There is no formal start or stop. People are encouraged to join the route by taking SEPTA’s Broad Street Line anywhere between City Hall and Erie stations, or by getting of the Market-Frankford El at City Hall. To learn more visit www.phillyfreestreets.com or follow @PhillyFreeSts on Twitter.

Philly Free Streets programming highlights (south to north):

John F. Kennedy Boulevard:

  • 8 a.m. 2018 Philly Free Streets ribbon cutting
    9 a.m. Join Mayor Jim Kenney for his annual power walk heading north
    Indego bike corral service and prize
  • The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA): Free admission to the museum all day, participate in chalk drawing activities on the PLAZA and make wearable butterfly art.
  • South of Vine Street: Drexel Medicine will provide health education materials, and children can make crafts from medical supplies.
  • Wood Street: Join The School of Pennsylvania Ballet for ‘Dance Me a Story!’ where kids will learn how to tell a story with dance.

Callowhill Street: Philly Free Streets rest area featuring:

  • Meg Saligman Studio: In support of FIGMAGO, learn about a new immersive art installation.
    John Butler: Philadelphia-born author, Cousin John, will read his children’s book “Chase Does It All” on Callowhill, just west of North Broad.
    Then & Now: Black History on North Broad Street: Did you know North Broad Street has a rich history of African American history, including civil rights activism, jazz, and more? Brought to you by North Central Philadelphia CDC/RCO—in partnership Leon H. Sullivan Trust, Joe Frazier Scholarship Fund, Uptown Theater, and more—join the neighbors of North Broad Street for a scavenger hunt to learn about North Broad’s history. Pick up your railroad ticket to history at any of the six Philly Free Streets rest areas.
  • North of Spring Garden Street, in front of Franklin High School: Stop by and say hello to a Mural Arts Philadelphia docent to learn more about “Words and Voices” and “All Join Hands: The Vision of Peace Project” murals by Don Gensler.

Fairmount Avenue:

  • Join Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Murals on the Move for family-friendly make-and-take art activities.
  • Led by the Managing Director’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems, did you know the City of Philadelphia invites neighbors to apply for pedestrian plazas? Join Mural Arts Philadelphia—in partnership with North Broad Renaissance, Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Fairmount CDC—to chalk paint the Fairmount Avenue triangle, transforming it into a colorful public space. Powered by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Poplar Street: Philly Free Streets rest area featuring:

  • The Philadelphia Water Department will provide fun activities to show how actions at home impact the city’s drinking water.
    Then & Now: Black History on North Broad Street: Pick up a scavenger hunt railroad ticket to history at this rest stop.
  • South of Girard Avenue: Indego bike corral service
  • North of Girard Avenue: Stop by and say hello to a Mural Arts Philadelphia docent to learn more about “North Philadelphia Heroes” mural by Cliff Eubanks.
  • Master Street: Brought to you by The Goldenberg Group and North Broad Renaissance, join North Broad Renaissance at the beach on the lawn of the Leon H. Sullivan Human Services Center.

South of Cecil B. Moore Street:

  • Indego bike corral service and prizes
  • Join Mural Arts Philadelphia in coloring in a jazz-themed median between Oxford Street and Cecil B. Moore Ave. The finished median mural will invite the public to join Jazz on the Ave. on Cecil B. Moore Ave., beginning at noon.

Cecil B. Moore Street: Philly Free Streets rest area featuring:

  • Philly Reading Coaches
  • Then & Now: Black History on North Broad Street: Pick up a scavenger hunt railroad ticket to history at this rest area.
  • Beech Companies’ Jazz on the Ave: Begins at noon
  • Montgomery Avenue: Temple University—Philly Free Streets’ presenting sponsor—will offer programming focused on health and fitness, art, music, and the community. Community members and participants are invited to tour the campus; engage in do-it-yourself stations like drum-building and magnetic mosaics; andlearn more about the Pan-African Studies Community Education Program.

Susquehanna Avenue: Philly Free Streets rest area featuring:

  • North Central Philadelphia CDC/RCO
  • Then & Now: Black History on North Broad Street: Pick up a scavenger hunt railroad ticket to history at this rest area.

Uptown Theater, between Susquehanna Avenue and Dauphin Street:

  • Register today to take a tour of the historic Uptown Theater during Philly Free Streets. Tours are $10 and will be offered at 10 a.m. and noon. Free tours for North Central Philadelphia residents with ID.
  • Join Mural Arts Philadelphia and Uptown Theater for a community paint day. Participants will be invited to paint a mural that tells the history of the Uptown Theater. Powered by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Huntingdon Street: Philly Free Streets rest area featuring:

  • City of Philadelphia Office of Human Resources: Stop in to learn about employment opportunities at the City of Philadelphia.
  • Then & Now: Black History on North Broad Street: Pick up a scavenger hunt railroad ticket to history at this rest area.
  • South of Lehigh Avenue: Stop by and say hello to a Mural Arts Philadelphia docent to learn more about “Wall of Rugs” mural by Kathryn Pennypacker.
  • Indiana Avenue: Stop and say hello to neighbors from North Philly Rising CDC who be sharing community resources.

Sedgley Avenue: Philly Free Streets rest area featuring:

  • Office of Sustainability: Beat the heat! Stop in to check out an interactive model of a house with different cooling elements for homes, like a white roof, canopy cover, and more. Participate in Mural Arts Philadelphia Trash Academy activities that inspire a wellspring of actions around trash issues in Philadelphia.
  • Then & Now: Black History on North Broad Street: Pick up a scavenger hunt railroad ticket to history at this rest area.

Westmoreland Street:

  • Led by the Managing Director’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems, did you know the City of Philadelphia invites neighbors to apply for pedestrianplazas? Join Mural Arts Philadelphia to use chalk paint to paint a temporary pedestrian plaza. Powered by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
  • Caribbean Feast, located at the intersection of Westmoreland Street and Rising Sun Avenue.

3500 N. Broad Street, between Tioga and Venango:

  • Yoga & More on North Broad: In front of Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Yoga & More on North Broad is a series of fitness activities for all ages andfitness levels. Schedule: 10 a.m. Yoga on North Broad; 11 a.m. Family Fitness & Fun; Noon Ridiculously Fit Fun.
  • Shiners Hospital for Children – Philadelphia: Stop by and learn more about Shriners specialized orthopaedic care, play yard games, and refuel with a snack.

3600 N. Broad Street, Venango and Erie:

  • Join Zion Baptist Church for family-friendly activities, including painting on canvas and nail painting.
  • Stop in and shop at Broad, Germantown & Erie Merchants Association (B A GEM) businesses on this block.

North Broad Street & Germantown Avenue:

  • Join Mural Arts Philadelphia in partnership with the Free Library Nicetown-Tioga Branch to highlight public libraries in Philadelphia through a ground mural.
  • Join the Managing Director’s Office of Transportation & Infrastructure Systems and Vision Zero committee partners at the Vision Zero Safety Zone.
  • Neighborhood Bike Works will activate a mobile bike shop.
  • Girls Jump Philly will jump rope between 10 a.m. and noon.
  • Join AARP Pennsylvania—a long-standing sponsor of Philly Free Streets—at their photo booth.
  • Stop in and shop at Broad, Germantown & Erie Merchants Association (B A GEM) businesses on this block, as well as across the street on Germantown Avenue, south of Erie.
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