From transforming avenues into public plazas to turning parks into performing arts stages, Burlingame will be hosting Streets Alive! Parks Alive! events on Sunday along with several other San Mateo County cities.
Streets Alive! Parks Alive! is a coordinated effort among cities across San Mateo County to promote healthy communities by providing safe, accessible, public spaces for recreation, where streets and parks throughout the County are open for performing, exercising, dancing, strolling, cycling, picnicking, dancing, and playing.
Here in Burlingame, the celebration will be hosted at the Burlingame Farmer’s Market on Park Road, between Burlingame and Howard avenues, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“It is a completely free event for the community that was highly attended last year. The community really enjoyed it,” said Kari Thorson, program coordinator for the City of Burlingame Parks & Recreation department.
The Burlingame Farmer’s Market will be expanded with the Burlingame Parks & Recreation to provide live blue grass music, interactive fitness and dance class demonstrations, a trike-a-thon, magic show, and crafts such as Kid’s Carpentry and Fairy Grandmother crafts.
The vision of creating Streets Alive! Parks Alive! came from an overwhelming community response to a special community forum hosted by Supervisor Carole Groom in October, 2009.
Streets Alive! Parks Alive! reflects the goals and priorities outlined in San Mateo County's Shared Vision 2025 (2009), which calls for a community that is “healthy, livable, collaborative, environmentally-conscious and prosperous.”
The inaugural "Streets Alive" was hosted across cities in San Mateo County in 2010, and again in 2011. In 2012, it was renamed Streets Alive! Parks Alive! to emphasize the importance of parks in healthy activity and in quality of life. Many cities have opened streets and highlighted public places such as parks, plazas and trails as a way to promote healthy outdoor activity for a healthy future.
Streets Alive! Parks Alive! schedule of events in Burlingame include:
9-10 a.m. Kid’s Carpentry projects, Trike-a-Thon
9:30-10 a.m. Magic Show
10-11 a.m. Live music by the RC Ramblers
11 a.m.-Noon Interactive class demonstrations
12-1 p.m. Live music by the RC Ramblers
For more details, go to www.streetsalivesmc.org.