The City of Garden Grove is pleased to introduce “Re:Imagine Garden Grove – A Downtown Open Streets Event” on Sunday, October 12, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event invites residents and visitors to explore a car-free, re-envisioned downtown environment that will celebrate the community, diverse cultures, and a healthy lifestyle. The City has partnered with Los Angeles-based Community Arts Resources, Inc. (CARS) to produce the inaugural event. CARS produces L.A.’s CicLAvia open streets event and other acclaimed cultural programs with parallel missions to Re:Imagine Garden Grove.
The event will also transform a small section of the existing OCTA Pacific Electric Right-of-Way into a temporary and safe biking and walking path. The demonstration project will showcase how this area could be used for future active transportation purposes, connecting Garden Grove to other municipalities along a 20-mile stretch of land.
Multi-cultural activities, programs, and attractions will fill the streets and parks of the event area. Multiple stages will present performances from local as well as Southern California-based musical and dance groups. A culinary zone will offer local and regional food trucks along with a stage for a multi-cultural chef cook-off featuring star chefs from Orange County.
A pop-up skate park will complete a skateboarding-only zone and demo area, and a vendor marketplace will highlight local artisan crafts. Kid’s art workshops, public art installations, informative and interactive booths, bike repair stops, and free bike parking will also be featured along the event route.