Originating in Bogota, Columbia, as Ciclovía (Cycle way) in the 1970s, Open Streets has grown into a global concept for promoting car-free streets. On Aug 18, 2019, the first Open Streets event of the year took place at Yonge and Wellesley. St. James Town residents along with The Corner staff and several volunteers represented the neighbourhood at the event.

The outreach team and volunteers from the St James Town community came up with different activities and games to attract and engage more people to the event Activities included face painting, ping pong, basketball, volleyball, darts and dance performances by residents. The team focused on engaging more people and informing them about the services provided at The Corner and in St. James Town in general as well as at the 240 Wellesley Hub.  Residents and participants were able to interact with people from across the city.

SJT participation in Open Streets was all inclusive and very successful. Everyone, including children, young people, seniors and families enjoyed the event. Chinese seniors group were able to draw in big crowds with their ethnic dance. We thank all team members, including  resident volunteers, staff and others who helped make the event a success. The next Open streets will be on the 15th of September 2019, 10am – 2pm. Join us for the event!