This weekend, Gainesville was on the move.
Active Streets Alliance hosted its Active Streets Gainesville event Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on University Avenue. The event is a time for the community to come together over a day of exercise and spending time outdoors.
About 60 local businesses, organizations and restaurants participated in this year’s Active Streets Gainesville, which is sponsored by the City of Gainesville. Gainesville Cycling Club offered a free bike valet to allow visitors to pedal their way through the festival, which extended from Northwest 6th Street to the newly renovated Bo Diddley Community Plaza.
Among the various booths included opportunities for fencing, hula hooping, skateboarding, pole fitness, dancing, weight lifting, rowing and drawing. Activities were provided for families and children of all ages, many of whom took advantage of the chalk offered throughout the event to draw on the street.
The event was free for both businesses and visitors, and organizers expected up to 10,000 participants in this fourth annual event.
Ben Smith was one of many skateboarders using the ramps that The Boardr, a local skate shop, put out for Active Streets. (Photo by Kirsten Chuba)
Visitors walk through the intersection of University Avenue and Main Street, where many wrote and drew with chalk on the street. (Photo by Kirsten Chuba)
Dancers perform at the newly renovated Bo Diddley Plaza as part of Active Streets Gainesville. (Photo by Kirsten Chuba)