Press Release, 8.26.19

The reasons for not holding the event this year, are:

  • Confusion in the community about our agenda, the event, and its purpose

  • A small group of individuals and Heights businesses publicly and privately coalesced to oppose Streets Alive

  • This group lobbied against us with our fiscal sponsor, The Hood River Chamber of Commerce and permitting agencies, Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Hood River through the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee

  • This made it untenable for the event to continue this year

Going forward:

We recognize that change is hard for people. The Streets Alive team has worked with the community and city leaders to create an inclusive event that brings together neighbors. It was an enormous success last year that showed people the vision for safer streets and underscored our city’s goals of supporting more active transportation.

What is an Open Streets event?

Streets Alive softly closes streets to automobile traffic, so that children, young and old, can freely walk, bike, play or share food, music and art with their neighbors.



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“When I got the bike I must have been the happiest boy in Liverpool, maybe the world.” — John Lennon.

So that all kids from 8-80 years old can ride, we'll install a pop-up protected bikeway around 12th and 13th Streets and softly close a route of the neighborhood streets in the eastern Heights.



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“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” — John Muir

Walking is the best way to explore, say hi to neighbors and see the hidden details of the hood. We'll install pop-up crosswalks across 12th & 13th to enable safe passage between east and west Heights.


Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” -Mr. Rogers

It's time to reclaim our streets for play. Whether it's yoga, dance, hopscotch, or simply a rowdy game of kick the can, we want to see the old become young and the young run free.


dance & Health

Kids break dancing in the street, zumba, yoga, are just a few examples. If you have an idea to get people moving, we want to hear it!

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Organized Games

First Friday's rock-paper-scissors may be one of the coolest organized games, but if you want to lead a game or draw hopscotch in the street, let us know!


Free range kids

Let the kids be kids. If we give them safe real estate to breathe, they'll organize their own play. It's time to release our tethers and have adult time (or sneak away to join them).



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  1. “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” ― Keith Richards

With neighborhood streets under soft closure, it's the perfect time to introduce Porchfest to Hood River. Home owners host their favorite local musician or band on their porch, front or back yard and neighbors can follow their ears to their favorite style.





“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso

We want to see more street art in the Heights so we'll work with kiddos to create temporary intersection murals or building owners that want a mural on the side of their building.




"Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go." -Anthony Bourdain

Between the great food off 12th & 13th, a food truck at Wilson Park and potluck picnics, you'll have one happy stomach.


Be a block captain, game curator, roving cyclist, counter or help us install pop-up protected bikeways.