"Open Streets Fort Wayne" To Launch This Summer

May 3, 2017

Calhoun Street near the St. Marys River, where the Open Streets event would begin.
Credit Zach Bernard/WBOI News

The City of Fort Wayne announced Tuesday afternoon a new downtown event that will take place this summer.

Open Streets Fort Wayne will take place on Calhoun Street on the afternoon of Sunday, July 9, stretching from the St. Marys River to Williams Street. Think of it as a mile-long block party: an open, family-friendly event with games, music and food.

Mayor Tom Henry says it’s a good opportunity to bring the Fort Wayne community together while enjoying the amenities available downtown.

“There’s going to be dozens and dozens of activities, the restaurants and small businesses have in many cases opened up on Sunday just for this particular event, so it’s going to be a tremendous outpouring of love for this community,” said Henry.

He later joked, “We want to allow the quarter of a million citizens of Fort Wayne to enjoy one of our streets without having to worry about getting hit by Frank [Suarez] behind the wheel of a car.”

Pickleball is just one of many activities that will be taking place during the Open Streets event. Other activities will include miniature golf, bicycling and “giant inflatable games” for kids, with more to be announced.

Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits is one of the businesses opening solely for the event. Open Streets Fort Wayne will run from 11am to 3pm on July 9.