Old Town Moore will host the Moore community’s first-ever Open Streets event, Sunday, September 24 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The streets of Old Town Moore will be temporarily close to encourage community members to come out and enjoy fresh air and physical activity with their neighbors.
The Cleveland County Health Department, in partnership with the Old Town Association and the City of Moore will come together to host the inaugural event.
“Open Streets Moore is part of a county-wide health improvement campaign called Caring 4 Tomorrow”, said Tara Douglas, Cleveland County Health Department’s Health Education Supervisor. “Caring 4 Tomorrow is a health improvement initiative that focuses on four priority areas including child health, mental health, substance abuse, and obesity reduction across Cleveland County.”
An international movement, Open Streets provides a space for you to walk, bike, skate, dance, play, and socialize with your friends and family while improving your health. Local businesses and community organizations will be lining the streets with various games and activities to encourage people of all ages and activity levels to get moving.
“The concept behind Open Streets is bringing the community together while highlighting active transportation. It encourages people to ditch their cars for the day and come ride bikes, walk, roller skate, or anything they enjoy while getting comfortable with physical activity”, said Christy Emig, Cleveland County Health Department Community Coordinator. “The event has had great success in other parts of the state including Oklahoma City and Norman, so we are excited to be bringing Open Streets to Moore for the first time ever.”
Open Streets Moore is free, open to the public and full of family friendly fun for all ages and ability levels. Leashed pets are also welcome to join the fun! Several local food trucks will be on site, so be sure to come have lunch and enjoy an afternoon with your fellow community members.
Those interested in hosting an activity booth, or volunteering for the event can find more information on Facebook at Open Streets Moore or by emailing ClevelandCountyOpenSt@health.ok.gov . The deadline to register is August 25.
About Old Town Moore
Moore was founded during the land-run of 1889. The early settlers came on train, horseback, wagons, and some, on foot. According to local historians, the town’s original name was “Verbeck” as designated by the railroad company. However, a railroad employee named Al Moore, reported to be either a conductor or a brakeman, lived in a boxcar at the camp and had difficulty receiving his mail. He painted his name – “Moore” – on a board and nailed it on the boxcar. When a postmaster was appointed, he continued to call the settlement Moore. When the town incorporated in 1893 the name was legalized. The original town site comprised a small area bounded by the present NE 3rd Street on the north and SE 4th Street on the south; the eastern limit was situated about one and a half blocks east of the railroad and the western edge about two and a half blocks west of the railroad. The original town site became known as Old Town. Thus the name Old Town. While the name is the same, the downtown we have now is much different than a hundred years ago.
Old Town, downtown Moore, is undergoing a revitalization. Both public and private dollars are being invested in Old Town. We intend to use this portion of the website to keep you,the citizens, informed about what is going on in Old Town and the improvements being made to make the Old Town district a destination for citizen and visitor alike.
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