BOSTON (WHDH) – During the city of Boston’s first Open Streets event in July, pedestrians strolling down Jamaica Plain’s Center Street enjoyed a comfortable afternoon with no vehicle traffic while temperatures hovered in the low 70s. For the follow-up event on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury, event-goers will have to contend with humidity that will mimic temperatures in the upper 80’s.
To ensure crowds can enjoy the live music and food planned for the city’s second traffic calming event, organizers worked hard on Saturday morning to mitigate the effects of the sweltering heat and humidity.
“We tried to set up as many tents and parasols as possible along the route [as possible]’ said Shana Bryant. “We knew, for example, that the children’s zone was a shaded area. So we put that there. We have two water misters. Stop & Shop was a sponsor. They gave us a palette of water, so we will have water at both of our info tables. Then there are two water trucks from the NWRA and Boston Water and Sewer.”
Local musicians and poets, a roller skating rink with a live band, and Caribbean food trucks are among the attractions planned along the boardwalk along Blue Hill Avenue. Saturday’s event is the second of three planned Open Streets events, which will see major thoroughfares closed to vehicles and neighborhood streets opened to pedestrians only to connect with neighbors and local businesses.
“If you must bring an umbrella, stay hydrated, bring a water bottle and you can fill up at the two different water trucks,” Bryant urged.
For more information visit openstreetsboston.org.
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