Open Streets returns for spring
Death and taxes are life’s only constants. Unless you live in Oklahoma. Here in the Sooner State there are three eternal constants: death, taxes and the unpredictability of the weather.
The folks who run Lawton-Fort Sill’s Open Streets event have taken that third constant to heart and have begun building “rain out” days into their calendar. It was this forward thinking move that spared the group from having to reschedule on the fly when last fall’s event was rained out on its originally scheduled day.
Sandy Foster, one of the co-organizers of Lawton’s Open Streets initiative, is hopeful that the spring event will not have to use its backup date, but she says it is there if they need it.
Open Streets is a bi-annual, health-based initiative designed to create a sense of community, promote active lifestyles, promote active transportation, provide information on available community services and aid in the effort to revitalize Lawton’s downtown area.
The event, a partnership between the City of Lawton and Fit Kids of Southwest Oklahoma, turns a stretch of downtown Lawton along C Avenue into a bustling city park for a few hours full of fun, games and food.
New this year is an event that mixes fun and food. The “Smoothie Bike” is a stationary bike with an attached blender that is powered through peddling. Riders hop on the bike and start to pedal, churning the blender and mixing up their smoothie as they exercise.