KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) "Open Streets Knoxville" closed down Magnolia Ave., from Randolph St. to North Chestnut St., with a small loop onto East Depot Ave Sunday afternoon, giving people a chance to fill the streets for something positive.
Open Streets Knoxville, hosted by Bike Walk Knoxville with support from the City of Knoxville, Knoxville Regional TPO, Visited Knoxville and Knox County, aimed to promote physical activity and community interaction during this free community event.
"The idea behind this event is to get people active out in the streets," said Lindsey Kimble, Program manager of Bike Walk Knoxville. " We move to different neighborhoods in Knoxville, promoting that part of town, we're excited to be in East Knoxville, showing what it has to offer working with many community groups, lost of businesses in East Knoxville, able to promote themselves and what they have to offer," she added.
People walked the streets freely by enjoying food, getting some shopping done and socializing.
The international initiative promotes healthy living, local businesses and sustainable transportation in cities. They had 2 successful events in 2016, with an average attendance of 5,000 people.
"You wouldn't see a lot of this happening on Magnolia, there's a lot of things happening on market square and I think it's a great way to integrate people down to this area and to Knoxville and just see another part of the city," said Local Nikki Slater.