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Re:Imagine Garden Grove Downtown Open Streets Festival Returns

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The City of Garden Grove is bringing back “Re:Imagine Garden Grove By Day and By Night ” on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The second year event invites residents and visitors to experience a car-free, re-envisioned downtown environment celebrating the community, diverse cultures, and a healthy lifestyle. The City has once again partnered with Los Angeles-based Community Arts Resources (CARS), the producers of L.A.’s famed CicLAvia open streets event, to produce the second annual festival.

In 2014, the inaugural “Re:Imagine Garden Grove – A Downtown Open Streets Event” showcased downtown Garden Grove like never before with nearly 10,000 pedestrians and bicyclists enjoying three miles of car-free streets activated with food, art, music, dance, workshops, action sports, games, and more. The 2015 festival will bring similar programming to one mile of car-free city streets in a block party atmosphere that will highlight the dynamic community during the day and into the night.

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The eastbound side of Acacia Parkway, between Nelson and 7th Streets, will be “open streets” for non-motorized active transportation. Bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, running and walking will all be welcome along the south side of the Acacia Parkway median.

Historic Main Street, Acacia Parkway, Civic Center Park, and the Pacific Electric Right-of-Way Bike/Pedestrian Path will serve as the hub of “Re:Imagine Garden Grove By Day.” From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. the car-free streets will host hands-on workshops, action sports demonstrations, strolling performers, kids’ zones, live music, interactive games, and an Open House for the Garden Grove Public Works, Fire, and Police Departments. Historic Main Street restaurants will open out onto the streets with picnic tables for outdoor dining. Local favorite food trucks and street carts will be on-hand for additional culinary options.

As the sun begins to set around 6:00 pm, a New Orleans Second Line inspired parade will lead event-goers from the eastern and western edges of the event towards Historic Main Street, where Re:Imagine Garden Grove By Night will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. between Acacia Parkway and Garden Grove Blvd. Live music, DJ’s and a mid-street dance floor will set the tone for the evening’s downtown block party under the stars. Amidst the entertainment, event-goers can take part in light-inspired workshops, interactive games, photo booths, and a pop-up arcade. The restaurants, bars, and businesses will spill out onto the streets and offer outdoor picnic tables and a beer garden.

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“Re:Imagine Garden Grove By Day and By Night” will introduce the new Garden Grove Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan developed in partnership with Alta Planning + Design and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). As part of the Open Streets Event, Alta will host fun, interactive planning workshops along the PE Right-of-Way and on Historic Main Street for attendees to provide their input on walking and biking conditions throughout Garden Grove. In addition, Alta will construct temporary pedestrian crossing improvements – pop-up installations that the public can test out in a safe and car-free environment.

During the week of September 14, the Alta Team will also be conducting bicycle and pedestrian counts throughout Garden Grove with local volunteers using the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation program methods. The public can volunteer to participate by contacting Amanda Berman at Community Arts Resources: [email protected] or 213-201-6844.

On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Garden Grove Courtyard Center, 12701 Main Street, City staff and Community Arts Resources will host a community meeting for all Garden Grove residents and stakeholders. CARS will present information regarding the event layout, programming and business engagement opportunities, among other event details.

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