Love Our Neighborhood Day is an Open Streets in Oakland and Berkeley, also known as Oaklavia Without Borders. The third annual event will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 11 am to 4 pm. The route will span San Pablo Avenue between Ashby Avenue and Stanford Avenue.
Come out and play with us!
"The neighborhoods along San Pablo Avenue corridor were once thriving gathering places. As San Pablo Avenue was later designed for high speeds and throughput traffic, it discouraged community gatherings and getting around on foot or by bicycle. Love Our Neighborhood Day highlights the most fundamental principle of Open Streets programs to San Pablo: taking back and re-imagining the roadway as an integral part of community life."
- Chris Hwang, WalkOaklandBikeOakland
Destiny Arts Center Brings a Full Day of Dance, Martial Arts & Music
Out the Streets
This year Love Our Neighborhood Day features a first for San Pablo Avenue: a day-long program of explosive performances by Destiny Art Center’s students and staff right out on the car-free streets. Watch students of all ages throw down during a day of hip hop and martial arts demonstrations
One of Oakland’s premiere arts and culture organizations, Destiny is located in the heart of the Golden Gate. At the arts center, youth learn how to creatively manage potentially violent situations, grow into peaceful global citizens, and become advocates for nonviolence in their communities and beyond – one performance at a time.
Get ready rock the Destiny block at LOND!
Call for Volunteers!
Love Our Neighborhood Day volunteers keep our Open Streets safe and fun for everyone. Volunteers are event ambassadors who share information about the event with the 15,000 or so people who come out to play in the streets and those driving up to the event route wondering what is happening on San Pablo Avenue. They can also be Route Rabbits, roaming the event route by bike to make sure all volunteers have the resources they need, or help staff our Info Booth. On the day of the event, several lucky volunteers will get to help out at the Riveropolis station (fun!). In the days and weeks leading up to June 4, volunteers will distribute posters and door hangers to let neighbors know about the event and help clean up San Pablo Avenue sidewalks, tree wells, and median strips so the street shines on June 4.
Volunteering is a great way to show how much you love your neighborhood and meet more of your neighbors at the same time! Bring your friends: the more, the merrier!
Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Cafe and Victory Burger, was one of the people who dreamed up Love Our Neighborhood Day and he has been a driving force in the event since its inception. A few words from Sal:
I'm super excited. Love our Neighborhood Day 2016 is becoming the community-driven event that I always imagined it would and should be. Many festivals and other Open Streets events often feel like they appear in a neighborhood, bring in lots of visitors from outside the area, and then disappear. These can be great events, but that's not what we're doing here.
In my mind, the thing that makes this event unique is that we intentionally create space and time for our neighbors to celebrate what already makes the Golden Gate district great: the people in it (that's us!). This means that we rely on neighborhood residents, organizations and businesses to host activities, use their local communication networks to help spread the word, and join us to plan the event. That's exactly what's happening this year.
There is a long list of local organizations who have been actively involved in our planning process this year, and who are contributing significant resources to event programming. Destiny Arts, the brand new Charles Porter Golden Gate Rec Center, Berkeley Maynard Academy, Yu Ming School, St. Columba Church, Kala Gallery, Mysterious Creatures Collective, The Grease Diner, and others are on this list.
This feels like success.
Get excited to experience the Golden Gate Neighborhood turned out in its Saturday best. Love Our Neighborhood Day 2016 - don't miss it!
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