Sunday Streets Comes To The Tenderloin This Weekend

Photo: Giovanni Damiola/Flickr
By Nuala Sawyer - Published on July 10, 2015.

This Sunday from 11am to 4pm, several streets in the Tenderloin will be closed off to traffic and opened up to the community. Sunday Streets is coming, and despite this week's cloudy skies, there's a warm weather forecast for the weekend.

Sunday Streets describes the Tenderloin on the event page as an important location for this fun-filled community gathering. "This densely populated neighborhood houses the highest number of families with children, has one of the highest rates of car-free households, and has the least amount of park space per capita in San Francisco," they state. "Few neighborhoods make a better case for transforming streets into recreational space for playing and building community."

The Tenderloin Sunday Streets route follows Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin, Larkin to Ellis Street, Ellis to Jones Street, Jones to Golden Gate Avenue, and Golden Gate to Larkin Street. If that's hard for you to visualize, here's a map: 

Image: Sunday Streets

The activities for the day are varied, ranging from large-scale games to bike repair. Zumba, face painting, a photo booth, skate ramps, Egyptian belly dance and a popsicle truck are just a few of the attractions of the day. Here are some of the bigger events that can't be missed: 

  • Kids' Bike Swap: San Francisco Yellow Bike is hosting a Kids' Bike Swap at their shop at 530 Ellis St. Kids with broken bikes, bikes they don't like or ones they've grown out of can bring them to the shop. The talented team of volunteer mechanics will be wrenching and repairing broken bikes, and helping kids leave with new rides that are safe, fit and fun. Families that don't have bikes for their kids will be able to purchase them for cheap on a $10-$50 sliding scale. More info can be found on the event page here

  • GLIDE Block Party: From 11am to 3:30pm, GLIDE will be taking over the 400 block of Ellis Street (between Jones and Leavenworth streets). Activities open to the community will include a large-scale lego build, face painting, and music by  DJ KINGMOST. Stay up to date by RSVPing on the Facebook event page here. 

  • Street games will be hosted by Central City SRO Collaborative, including a super sized Jenga set, a bean bag toss, and street bowling. 

  • Mural Painting will take place with The Veteran’s Mural Project, sponsored by Umpqua 

Local merchants are also getting involved this year, with the grand reopening of Amigo's Market on Ellis and Leavenworth, as well as a two-year anniversary party for Radman’s Produce Market on Turk and Jones. 

Overall, the day promises to be jam-packed with activities for everyone. We'll see you there! 

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