Members of the University Players hold posters advertising its productions.Members of the University Players promote the drama troupe’s 2016-17 season during last year’s Open Streets Windsor.

University invites participation in street festival

The University will host a hub during Open Streets Windsor on Sunday, September 17, and is seeking departments, organizations and individuals to participate.

Billed as the city’s largest free recreation program, Open Streets will close designated thoroughfares to vehicles, opening them to people along an eight-kilometre corridor from Sandwich Town to Ford City. Businesses and organizations will mount displays and hands-on learning opportunities at activity hubs, including one on University Avenue at Patricia Road.

“It’s a chance for us to make a connection with the community,” says Mary-Ann Rennie, special events manager in the Office of the President. “We’re hoping a lot of campus groups will be eager to join us.”

Last year, the University hub offered yoga instruction by Lancer Recreation, tours of the Campus-Community Garden, children’s activities from Let’s Talk Science, displays of engineering projects, and performances by the University Players.

Organizers expect 10,000 attendees. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but Rennie emphasizes that volunteers do not have to be present for the entire time.

“Any contribution you can make will be welcome,” she says. “It’s all a part of making Open Streets a celebration of our community, showcasing the many wonderful elements that make up our city.”

Find details, including a route map, on the City of Windsor website.

To inquire about setting up an activity in the University Hub, e-mail Rennie at