cartoon representation of Open StreetsCampus groups wishing to have a presence at the University Hub during Open Streets Windsor must register with Mary-Ann Rennie.

Street festival presents unique community outreach opportunity

Want to reach the local community? Open Streets Windsor, the “paved park” festival, offers a unique opportunity on Sunday, Oct. 17.

“This is a great chance for any UWindsor organization that wants to present an activity or set up an information table,” says Mary-Ann Rennie, special events manager in the Office of the President.

Citizens will walk, jog, bicycle, or roll an eight-kilometre route closed to vehicular traffic from Sandwich Towne to Ford City, enjoying healthy and fun community-building along the way.

A University Hub located on Riverside Drive by Assumption Park makes a convenient connection to campus, Rennie says.

“You’re not going to get a better outreach opportunity,” she says. “This event reaches right through the community, from pre-schoolers to retirees.”

She is able to provide participating groups with tables and chairs, sanitizer, and a catered lunch sponsored by president Robert Gordon. Volunteers must complete their Safe Lancer COVID screening, wear a facemask, and maintain appropriate physical distance from each other.

The commitment is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., plus set-up and teardown times. To inquire about reserving a space, email Rennie at