PlayStreet Provo event encourages residents to play in street

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Downtown Provo and University of Utah’s office of New Urban Mechanics are joining together to bring residents the second annual PlayStreet Provo event.

On Saturday, June 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Provo Center Street will be closed to traffic from 300 West to 500 West so pedestrians can enjoy all Downtown Provo has to offer. Starting at 9:30 a.m., free breakfast will be provided by Hruska’s Kolaches, a European pastry shop.

Luke Peterson, director of UVU’s office of New Urban Mechanics, said in a press release, “The idea is to help people feel not just comfortable but excited about strolling, walking, biking, shopping and exploring downtown.”

After breakfast, people will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as street soccer, pet-a-puppy, water fights, bouncy houses, storytelling, a “fire truck-turned-water park” shopping and enjoying treats.

Taylor Williams, a public relations major at UVU and student volunteer for PlayStreet Provo, said they are expecting between 8,000 and 10,000 people at this years event.

“Last year we had around 6,000 people, and as it is our second year we think more people will come,” Williams said.

There will be activities continuously through out the day, including a water fight, which will begin every half hour. Booths sponsored by nonprofit organizations and business will house information and activities.

“There are all the activities that are listed and more, so there is a ton of things to do,” Williams said.

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