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Circle The City


Returns to Blue Hill Avenue!

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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 (Between Dudley Street and Warren Street)

On September 28th from 1-5pm, Blue Hill Avenue will be closed to cars and open to people with featured activities for all ages such as: Live music from local musicians || Fitness and Dance classes || Kids’ games and art projects || An Interfaith Dialogue || Walking and Biking tours || Art Making || A historic photo exhibition ||Free Bikes for all ages || Innovative greening projects || ZUMBA, Step and Hula Hoops || Job Resources and MUCH more!

To volunteer, become a sponsor or for more information please contact Ola Akinwumi at

Interested vendors and activity providers can complete the vendor/activity application here.

Posted July 16, 2014: Community Planning Meetings start July 23. 

We welcome new Conservancy staffer Olawumi Akinwumi, as Programs Coordinator and Circle The City Manager 


          Olawumi (Ola) Akinwumi is the Programs Coordinator and Circle The City (CTC) Manager of Boston’s first Open Streets venture. Last year, Ola worked with former CTC Project Manager, Jessica Parsons and the organizing team to put together the live music segment at the CTC event on Blue Hill Avenue. With a background in public relations and event marketing and management, Ola has been organizing independent events in the Boston metropolitan for the past several years, and has created musical platforms for local artists as an event marketing consultant. Ola enjoys exploring Boston’s parks and historic gems with her family and friends and jogging along the water at Castle Island. She holds an MS in communications management from Simmons School of Management and a BS from University of New Hampshire. Contact Ola at or 617-522-2700.

Photos below from September 2013: Open Streets, Open World on Blue Hill Ave

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        • How can I get involved?

        • There are may ways to get involved with Circle The City! Contact Ola Akinwumi, CTC Manager at for information on how you can be involved.

        • What activities can I expect at Circle The City?
        • Circle The City will have a festival-like atmosphere featuring safe, car-free public space to walk, bike, roll and dance. Circle The City activities will include live performances, outdoor fitness, dance and yoga classes, healthy food, bike clinics, children’s activities, roller skating, hula hooping, and countless other opportunities to have fun on the streets and in the parks.

        • Who will benefit?
          • Everyone!  Circle The City offers free and fun space for physical activity and community gathering to all residents and visitors to Boston, and creates improved accessibility to parks and open space. Local businesses will also benefit from increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic along commercial corridors. The events provide a model of how cities can provide healthy, environmentally friendly outdoor activities for their residents while boosting the local economy.

        • How much will it cost? Do I have to sign up?
        • Circle The City is FREE to participants of all ages. Some will enjoy the route by strolling, skating, cycling, or just people-watching. Others will participate in free group events such as yoga, aerobics, dance, farmer’s markets and other activities. These group events will be spaced out along the route. No registration required!

        • How will Circle The City impact city traffic?
        • Circle The City will be held on Sundays and is planned to ensure that people have alternative travel routes. Our dates have been researched to account for conflicts with other large Boston events. We are doing our best to meet with neighborhood and business representatives to encourage engagement and ensure all are informed.
        • MBTA IMPACTS FOR SEPT 29th EVENT: #45 Bus: MBTA #45 bus will be diverted to Warren Street.Additionally, the route will allow traffic to cross Blue Hill Ave at Quincy Street. Dudley Street will also be open to all traffic. This type of closure has worked very well in past CTC events and in many other cities around the world. Traffic will be monitored so that any traffic impacts can be measured.

        • A public-private collaborative partnership
            A 2012 Urban Signature Project of the

America’s Great Outdoors

            initiative, Circle The City is a collaborative venture of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, the

Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness


Livable Streets Alliance


Boston Cyclist’s Union


Sustainability Guild International

            and the

City of Boston

            .  2012-2013 CTC Lead Sponsors are the

Barr Foundation


Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA


        • About Circle The City
        • In Summer 2012, CTC drew an estimated 6,500 participants of all ages from across Boston out of their homes and cars and onto safe, car-free streets for the opportunity to walk, bike, roll, dance and play together. The launch of CTC demonstrated that there is a broad appetite for getting out, active and connected in our communities by using our streets in a new way. CTC features free activities for all ages that promote healthy, active living and celebrate the neighborhoods, parks and businesses of Boston.
        • Why Open Streets in Boston? Circle The City:
          1. Builds community and supports local business.
          2. Re-imagines the city street as a place for people.
          3. Promotes safe physical activity and healthy lifestyles for all.
          4. Gets people of all ages outside and connected to our parks.
          5. Furthers the City’s goals for a healthy, vibrant, livable Boston.
        • Streets for people
        • CTC offers a view of our city from a different perspective — re-imagining our streets as space for people. With community building as a primary goal, CTC encourages family fun and promotes safe outdoor physical activity for all ages. There are over 80 documented Open Streets projects in the U.S. alone that are sparking discussion around the role of streets and this way to engage new audiences in existing, but temporarily transformed, public space. Circle The City is not a parade, nor is it a race. Rather it is a unique opportunity to safely enjoy the streets and explore new neighborhoods and parks.