HEALTH AND WELLNESS
From 12PM to 4PM on Sunday, March 30th, 2014, Open Streets OKC will turn a corridor of NW 23rd Street into a car-free space for biking, walking and playing to showcase an engaged, active and connected community.
Open Streets OKC is an opportunity to experience a new use of public space: a temporary reclamation of our streets for non-motorized activity. Open Streets OKC will create a long enough stretch of safe road that kids and adults can (at least for a few hours) get a good workout by jogging or cycling, moving between nodes of activity along the way.
For decades, cities across the globe have opened their streets to communities. Sure, it goes by different names – Open Streets, Ciclovia, Summer Streets, Circle the City, the list goes on and on – but they all have the same goal: promoting active transportation as part of a strong, active and healthy community.
Join us on Sunday, March 30th along NW 23rd Street from Western to Robinson to see what Open Streets looks like!
Your transportation choices affect you more than you think; active transportation, like walking and biking, is powered by the human body.
The opportunity to explore local merchants provides a boost for businesses and demonstrates the economic impact of walkable, accessible communities.
Organizations, institutions and advocates from across Central Oklahoma work to provide opportunities for better living, healthy choices and active lifestyles.
With more than 75 activities, organizations and businesses, Open Streets OKC is sure to offer something you’ll love! The following organizations and businesses applied to participate in Open Streets OKC to help us promote messages of health, wellness, physical activity and sustainability. You’ll find everything from community organizations and advocacy groups to public programs and private businesses.
We’re proud to have the support and participation of all of these wonderful groups and we hope you’ll show up and take the opportunity to find out what Open Streets OKC means to them.
APT is a grassroots coalition advocating to expand and enhance public transportation services and pedestrian access to Oklahoma communities. Sustainable OKC (SOKC) is a grassroots organization working at the crossroads of business, environment, and social justice in OKC.
The Alliance for Public Transportation (APT) has partnered with Sustainable OKC to provide a bicycle bus attendees can ride as well as information available about their organization, mission and membership.
Serving the Oklahoma City metro including Moore, Norman, Edmond, Yukon and Mustang, King’s Green Cleaning is a locally-owned and operated cleaning company offering commercial and residential cleaning services that are safe for you, your family and your pets.
King’s Green Cleaning will offer cleaning games and activities to help highlight their dedication to improving indoor air quality through natural, safe, biodegradable and non-toxic cleaners.
The OU Care Management program serves aging individuals and people with disabilities, offering a collaborative approach to assessing, providing, coordinating and monitoring healthcare services to ensure medical services promote health, maximize well-being and safeguard patient independence. Care managers serve as advocates and care coordinators, assisting patients and families in navigating the complicated health-care environment.
Families are encouraged to participate in musical chairs generously offered by the the College of Nursing’s Care Management program.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributes enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through more than 1,000 community pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and schools in central and western Oklahoma.
Attendees are invited to use the Regional Food Bank’s bicycle blender to put their pedaling to good use blending delicious smoothies.
Since 1924, the American Heart Association has a part of communities, working in local schools, hospitals, community centers and city hall to provide critical research dollars and educational and outreach programs.
Staff with the Oklahoma chapter of the American Heart Association will be providing hands-only CPR instruction at Open Streets OKC.
Chronic diseases are conditions which can be managed yet not cured.
Many of these manageable diseases are the leading causes of death in Oklahoma including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.
Because March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Prevention and Control program of the OSDH Chronic Disease Service will provide education in the form of walk-throughs of a giant inflatable colon.
Natural Awakenings magazine is Oklahoma City’s healthy living magazine, your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. Natural Awakenings‘ mission is to provide insights and information to improve the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Attendees can join in with some Tai Chi movements provided by Natural Awakenings.
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers’ vision is to grow restaurants all over the world and to be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, great crew, cool culture and active community involvement.
Learn how to make healthier drink options with a sugar-tree tea and juice-making demonstration from Raising Cane’s.
NewView Oklahoma empowers blind and vision impaired individuals to achieve their maximum level of personal independence through employment, rehabilitation, and community outreach. Through employment, rehabilitation and support services, NewView Oklahoma hopes to give so much more than a helping hand – but to give everyone who walks through their doors the opportunity to live with the independence so many fear they have lost.
NewView Oklahoma will be offering awareness demonstrations of vision impairment.
Transition OKC believes that working together, using fun, creativity, innovation and collaborative grassroots actions, we can meet the challenges of energy, economy and environment while forging a more sustainable and resilient economy and way of living.
Transition OKC will be handing out seed bombs and providing information on planting and urban agriculture.
NorthCare exists to promote recovery and new levels of independence for Oklahomans by providing quality services to achieve the best possible outcomes for individual, families and communities.Fitness and relaxation activities such as chair yoga, meditation and a running clinic will be provided by NorthCare.
The Gold Dome Multicultural Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating cross-cultural awareness for the community. This mission is accomplished through visual art displays, lectures, music and dance events.
Thanks to the Gold Dome Multicultural Society, Open Streets OKC will have something no Open Streets can do without: karaoke!
Owner Camden Chitwood has been in the wedding industry since 2006 and in 2009 launched Emerson Events. Details are her specialty when it comes to floral design and details are key to planning a spectacular event. Design, wedding planning, event planning, flowers – whatever it may be, if you are looking for something special, Emerson Events will make the perfect team.
Emerson Events will teach families origami including how to make paper flowers!
Soon, Oklahoma City’s transit provider METRO Transit will become Embark, managing 24 fixed routes, express routes to Norman and the free Downtown Discovery.
Open Streets OKC will provide the chance for attendees to try out loading bikes onto the bus bike racks.
A church in the heart of Oklahoma City, OKC Community Church will celebrate their one year anniversary the same day as Open Streets OKC and begin with a 10:30AM celebratory gathering in the Civic Center’s Hall of Mirrors.
Additionally, OKC Comunity Church will have a children’s moon bounce and festival games including bean bag toss, ring toss and bowling.
CSL Plasma is one of the world’s largest collectors of human plasma. Committed to excellence and innovation in everything they do, CSL Plasma works to ensure tens of thousands of people with rare and serious diseases are able to live normal, healthy lives.
CSL Plasma will offer a whole range of activities including a spin the wheel contest, Powerade and water giveaways, a mini-obstacle course, balloons for small children and families and juice and snacks for children.
Try out INNERTWINE’s high-energy dance fitness at Open Streets OKC!
The Oklahoma Bicycle Society (OBS) is a cycling club dedicated to the promotion of bicycling as a safe and enjoyable outdoor activity. We actively support local, state and national programs which will benefit bicycling such as Oklahoma City Bikeways, Lake Hefner Trails, the League of American Bicyclists and the Rails to Trails Conservancy.
Members of OBS will use Open Streets OKC as a meeting point for neighborhood bicycle tours throughout the nearby historic neighborhoods like Mesta Park, the Paseo and Jefferson Park!
Safe Kids Oklahoma is the state’s leading organization in battling the #1 killer of children: Preventable injury. More Oklahoma children die and are disabled by injuries than any other disease or illness. We advocate, educate and provide resources to families and professionals to help keep kids safe at home, at play and on the way!
Kids can have a bicycle helmet fitting, learn about safety and be a part of the Safe Kids Coalition’s bike helmet giveaway!
As a statewide organization the Oklahoma Bicycles Coalition (OBC) promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and a bicycle-friendly Oklahoma through advocacy and education.
OBC members will be on hand at Open Streets OKC to teach bicycle safety, bicycle maintenance and bicycle handling!
From contemporary to classic, Lillian Strickler is Oklahoma City’s premier lighting store, best known for superior quality chandeliers, wall sconces, lamps, shades and custom creations.
Lillian Strickler have host an Uptown 23rd parklet at their location on NW 23rd!
Spokies is downtown Oklahoma City’s new bike share program. It’s a fun, healthy and affordable way to get around… and participating is easy! Just swipe your card and enjoy 30-minute rides around the downtown area. When you’re finished, return your bike to any kiosk.
Check out Spokies’ demo bikes and helmet giveaway at Open Streets OKC!
Can you believe Thai House celebrated their 20th anniversary last December? This staple of NW 23rd Street offers some of the finest Thai cuisine around including a lunch buffet that demands you eat more, more, MORE!Bicycle racks will be available at Thai House for all your bicycle parking needs!
PinkDivaCafe.com is Oklahoma’s trendsetting blog covering fashion, lifestyle, eco-chic, family and more!
Get gnarly with PinkDivaCafe.com at Open Streets OKC with skating and longboarding or try out some guided walking if you’re looking to, as the kids say, “chillax.”
Energy FC is a men’s professional soccer team based in Oklahoma City and part of the highly respected USL PRO.
Don’t let your feet fail you when playing some street soccer courtesy the Energy FC’s inflatable goal!
The Oklahoma City Barons are the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.
Try out some OKC Barons street hockey at Open Streets OKC with their full trans-frame hockey rink!
Tower Theatre owners Mike and Marty Dillon are pulling out all the stops with a basketball free-throw bus complete with regulation height goals: 6-foot rims, 8-foot rims and 10-foot rims!
The University of Central Oklahoma exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community.
UCO is providing the BRONCH2O traveling hydration trailer to Open Streets OKC to refill water bottles and ensure attendees stay healthy and hydrated amidst all the physical activity!
As Oklahoma City’s independent weekly the Oklahoma Gazette’s mission is to analyze those elements which affect the quality of life in Central Oklahoma; to stimulate thought and participation with information and opinion on entertainment opportunities and social needs; to expose conditions and actions that detract from our quality of life; and to recognize those individuals and actions that deserve commendation within the community.
Give a few discs the ole’ one-two with a frisbee toss courtesy the Gazette!
ASTEC Charter Schools‘ HealthCorps
Advanced Science and Technology Education Charter (ASTEC) Public Schools are tuition-free, public schools of choice serving inner-city students in Oklahoma City.
In February of 2012, a team from HealthCorps and Continental Resources visited Oklahoma City area high schools, including ASTEC. The result of their visits was the selection of ASTEC Charter Schools as THE first HealthCorps® school in Oklahoma.
See how you stack up with the HealthCorps® obstacle course!
planokc will be Oklahoma City’s new comprehensive plan, developed by the City of Oklahoma City’s planning department. It will help guide decisions to create a more sustainable and healthy Oklahoma City. It’s for the entire city – all 621 square miles.
Be sure to visit planOKC and learn more about what the future could look like for Oklahoma City and – more importantly – give your input about what you’d like your city to look like in the future! Why, you might even mention how much you love bicycle lanes, sidewalks, urban trees, walkable business districts or dense, historic neighborhoods!
OCCHD Child Guidance is a public health program within the OKC-County Health Department. Its purpose is to promote optimal development, healthy behavior, and effective interaction for families & children.
Bring the kids to try out their sidewalk chalk and parachute play!
The OKC Boathouse Foundation believes the Oklahoma River has the power to change lives – and help Oklahoma City become a stronger, healthier community. In just a few short years, Foundation supporters have seen their vision come to life as people of all ages, from all parts of the city, have become involved in rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, running and cycling on the Oklahoma River.
The Oklahoma River Experience Mobile Boathouse is an interactive exhibit where you’ll get to try out rowing and kayaking without ever getting in the water!
INTEGRIS Health is the state’s largest Oklahoma-owned health care corporation and one of the state’s largest private employers (about 9,000 employees statewide), with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, fitness centers, independent living centers and home health agencies throughout much of the state.
A gymnastics set-up including mats, low beams and other equipment will let you see where you fall on the Mary Lou Retton scale!
SixTwelve is a work/live space in the Paseo Arts District dedicated to creativity and sustainability. Currently, the building is under construction with plans to open doors in 2014. Classes in art, music, film, cooking, gardening and sustainability will be offered, enriching an already vibrant arts community in Oklahoma City.
A fun mural activity will let kids and adult alike express their rich inner life!
Lynn Institute is the largest non-academic independent multi-therapeutic clinical trials operation in Oklahoma. Their mission is to provide clinical trials research and health services which benefit patients, sponsors, physicians, staff and the communities they serve.
They’ll be offering a safe javelin throw using swimming noodles and hula hoops!
Better Block OKC, presented by ULI Oklahoma, is a community revitalization project that temporarily demonstrates how to improve a street with pedestrian and public infrastructure mixed with art, culture, pop-up businesses and street life. It is a grassroots movement that plants seeds for change.
A pop-up cycle track will allow attendees to see and try out a type of bicycle infrastructure that currently exists no where in the state of Oklahoma!
The Oklahoma Poison Control Center exists to provide information concerning the prevention and management of potentially toxic exposures to the people of Oklahoma. The center’s goal is to save lives as well as to provide a cost-effective service to patients and residents by promoting the appropriate use of health care resources.
Try out Poison Prevention Twister, undoubtedly the greatest game you never knew you hadn’t played, or give jump ropes and hula hoops a go!
The American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf Region is dedicated to the prevention, control and cure of lung disease, the third leading cause of death in the United States. They work to prevent, control and cure lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, influenza and pneumonia through education, research and advocacy.
A rain gutter regatta will let participants use their lungs to propel small boats along a water-filled gutter in a race to the finish!
Oklahoma PTA® is Oklahoma’s largest and oldest child advocacy association, founded in 1922. Oklahoma PTA® includes almost 60,000 parents, grandparents, family members, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools.
Try out a ball bounce for some spherical fun!
Turtle Rock Farm is a center for sustainability, spirituality and healing located on a family farm where they offer workshops and retreats to teach sustainable principles such as beekeeping and gardening.
Turtle Rock Farm brings Open Streets OKC the Cosmic Walk, described as “an experiential walk through the universe story.” We can’t wait!
Eat better. Move more. Be tobacco free. Three easy ways to shape your future. Simple lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, some cancers, stroke and diabetes. Shape Your Future is a product of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.
You can help shape your future with some fun physical activities like jump roping!
The Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education (ONIE) Project offers ideas to help people stretch their food dollars and recipes for low-cost meals to help make sure Oklahomans have enough to eat. The Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education Project (ONIE) is part of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences in the College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center.
You’re invited to find them and make and decorate your own hula hoops!
The Oklahoma City University Alumni Association keeps alumnus connected to other alumni through a variety of cultural, social, and community programs. Whether your passion is mentoring or recruiting students, planning a class reunion or leading an alumni chapter in your hometown, the OKCU Alumni Association has many ways for you to stay active and involved.
Our friends at Oklahoma City University are going to have a full-fledged family game center!
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides opportunities to its members to be matched with over 125 different organizations across the community at no cost to its members. RSVP has a wide variety of programs that allow seniors to volunteer their time in a meaningful way. Whether your passion is tutoring children or escorting other seniors to doctors appointments, we have the perfect opportunity for you!
Come meet some of the volunteers with RSVP and try out their ring toss activity!
Basil Mediterranean Cafe
Big Truck Tacos
23rd Street Body Piercing
Cuppies & Joe
Empire Strikes Books
Lillian Strickler, Inc.
Thai House Restaurant
Tucker’s Onion Burgers
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In addition to the rad restaurants lining the Uptown 23rd business district, 10 food trucks will be on site to serve an array of fun foodstuffs sure to please any palate. Additionally, because Open Streets OKC is all about promoting physical activity, health and wellness, we requested food trucks provide or highlight a healthy option in the spirit of the event.
Big Truck Tacos brings Oklahoma City the most innovative Mexican street food with a twist. We sell tacos, burritos, gorditos and other Mexican and Latino cuisine made with the freshest ingredients and spiced up with some of the most unique flavors that have ever dazzled your tastebuds!
In addition to their usual menu, Big Truck Tacos will offer a vegan hot dog – courtesy the smacktacular Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs – as their healthy option!
Smokin’ Okies Catering brings their mobile smokehouse to Uptown 23rd, offering a variety of hickory and hard wood-smoked BBQ, sandwiches, sides and desserts. Named one of the 100 best barbeque restaurants in America!
Try out a healthy option from Smokin’ Okies with a smoked chicken breast sandwich or grilled tilapia with mango salsa in pita bread!
Roxy’s Ice Cream Social is Oklahoma’s premier hand dipped ice cream truck, specializing unique flavors and fresh baked cookie sandwiches.
Although Roxy’s cherry ice cream is highly recommended, they’ll be providing a cool, refreshing lemon sorbet as a healthy option for Open Streets OKC!
Off the Hook Seafood & More is a family-owned and operated mobile food truck bringing the most flavorful dishes to OKC – with seafood as their specialty! If you haven’t tried their Kool-Aid pickles, you are missing out on a sophisticated Southern delicacy!
For Open Streets OKC, their healthy options will include blackened fish, rice pilaf and steamed vegetables!
The Loaded Bowl serves conscious comfort food: health- conscious (free of cholesterol, animal products and GMOs), environmentally conscious (locally sourced food, recyclable or biodegradable containers and cutlery) and palate conscious (fresh, seasonal, local ingredients).
There’s no need for the Loaded Bowl to offer an additional healthy option for Open Streets OKC. All of their menu items are already healthy options! We recommend the Garfield!
Kaiteki Ramen is Oklahoma City’s first ramen food truck, one that prides itself on authenticity, uniqueness and quality.
For a hot, healthy option, be sure and try Kaiteki Ramen’s vegan ramen with tofu, snap peas, grilled enoki, pickled cucumbers, pickled fresnos, fried shallots and scallions or the brussel sprout salad.
La Gumbo Ya Ya is Oklahoma City’s premiere Cajun and Puerto Rican food truck, made with family recipes to bring flavors that are unmatched in love and authenticity. Both cuisines are inspired by three distinct cultures: Spanish, French and African.
A bowl of vegetarian gumbo along with some vegan red beans and rice will serve as La Gumbo Ya Ya’s healthy options for Open Streets OKC!
Frank’s Wurst is mobile food in the form of hot dogs and bratwurst; like they say, “Come find Frank and do the wurst!”
Somebody is steppin’ up their game with this healthy option: a tofu dog with kimchi slaw!
The Crepe Brewers is a a mobile crepe restaurant housed in a vintage Airstream Land Yacht!
For a healthy and refreshing option from the Crepe Brewers try their Mediterranean crepe
Chick N Wangs is a family-owned food truck specializing in chick n wangs, hot wangs, Italian sausages, fried catfish, red beans and rice, fried okra and much, much more!
If you’re looking for a healthy option from Chick N Wangs try their grilled chicken or fish along with a fruit cup and fruit smoothie!
Believe it or not, everyone in the Central Oklahoma will not be at Open Streets OKC. Aside from a hearty “boo-urns” we want to make sure traffic can still get around NW 23rd safely.
Here’s a handy-dandy detour map in case you are looking to entirely circumnavigate all the street-occupying wonders of Open Streets OKC because you much prefer sitting in a small, gas-powered vehicle than frolicking like a doe-eyed childhood in 70 degree weather.
We recognize the irony of planning for parking for an event celebrating active transportation. That being said, we have options should you need to drive to Open Streets OKC:
Should you decide to go rogue and take your chances on parking in the surrounding neighborhoods, please be very respectful of the fact that people live there, and may need access to their driveways, etc. The neighborhoods have been very supportive and we don’t want to upset them. There will also likely be more people and pets of all ages on the neighborhood streets on Open Streets Day, walking, biking, skateboarding, etc, so drive slowly and carefully around our neighborhoods.
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[Full Disclosure: Roughly half of the planning committee lives in or near the event route, so that might be our driveways you block or us you might hit. Don't make us sorry we planned this thing!]
The growing corridor of NW 23rd Street will host Oklahoma City's first Open Streets event.
Questions? Suggestions? Let us know. Please note that the deadline has passed for participating businesses and organizations.