Burlington will take to the streets June 10 and July 15 for Car-Free Sundays

Burlington, Ont. - April 18, 2012 - The City of Burlington is hosting Car-Free Sundays Burlington events this summer to help bring the community together and encourage people to get up, get out and get moving.

"Car-Free Sundays are a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours, spend time with family and friends, and to get active on the open street," said Mayor Rick Goldring. "Let's all send a positive message about our community's commitment to people, neighbourhoods and the environment."

The first Car-Free Sunday event is happening on June 10 on Appleby Line. The second is in Downtown Burlington on July 15. Organizers are seeking volunteers for the June 10 event.

Appleby Line will be closed from New Street north to Fairview Street, with the south lanes of Fairview closed from Appleby Line to Sherwood Forest Park.  To celebrate the event, organizers are creating two themed areas, Music and Marketplace.

"We want to fill the streets with colour, life and music," said Car-Free Sundays committee co-ordinator Peter Summers. "We hope musicians, sports groups and art groups will come forward and get involved."

June 10  Car-Free Sunday

Music during Car-Free Sundays on June 10 will include local bands and performers. The afternoon will kick off with a parade featuring the Burlington Teen Tour Band, will continue with bands on stage and will finish with the MM Robinson Marching Band.  Event organizers are searching for bands to perform between 2 and 7 p.m., on stage, at the corner of Appleby and Fairview.

Businesses and groups that include charities, arts, dance and sports are invited to get involved in a Marketplace. Participants must commit to being on site between 2 and 7 p.m. and must bring and take away everything needed for a display.

To get involved in the Music or Marketplace, volunteers are invited to complete a participant application form by visiting www.burlington.ca/carfreesundays. For more information, visit www.burlington.ca/carfreesundays, e-mail carfreesundays@burlington.ca or call 905-335-7600, ext. 8536.

"Even if you can't volunteer, we encourage you to pencil the dates June 10 and July 15 in your calendar," said Robert Narejko, volunteer chair of Car-Free Sundays Burlington and a member of the Burlington Cycling Committee.  "Come out on foot, bring your baby strollers, rollerblades, wheelchairs or bicycles. Let's make Car-Free Sundays Burlington an event to remember."

Additional Quotes about Car-Free Sundays Burlington  

Councillor Jack Dennison: "Car-Free Sundays Burlington are an exciting opportunity for the community to get involved in staying fit and celebrating our neighourhoods. I encourage everyone to sign up and enjoy the day."

Councillor Paul Sharman: "Burlington is a progressive city that never rests on its laurels. Car-Free Sundays Burlington are one of the many ways we have to make Burlington an even better place to live and play." 

Scott Stewart, General Manager, Community Services: "City staff are providing support to this great event, spear-headed by the community with the leadership of City Council. We remain committed to ensuring that Car-Free Sundays Burlington contribute to an active, healthy lifestyle for all."

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Communications contact:
Donna Kell
Manager, Public Affairs
Phone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7841

Media contact:
Councillor Paul Sharman
City of Burlington
Phone: 905-335-7600, ext. 7591

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