VIVA SGV! CAR-FREE EVENT ON JUNE 12, 2016 WILL SHOWCASE EL MONTE AND SOUTH EL MONTE CULTURE AND COMMUNITY
Metro Presents a Seven Mile Car-Free Route, Including Rio Hondo Bike Path, Part of the Emerald Necklace
June 1, 2016 – On June 12, 2016, the cities of El Monte and South El Monte will hold their first ever Viva SGV! Open Streets Car-Free event Presented by Metro, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This free event will offer a 7.2 mile route through city streets and the Rio Hondo Bike Path, which is part of the Emerald Necklace. The day will kick-off with local leaders making remarks at 9:30 a.m. at the Metro Bike Hub, 3501 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA 91731. Metro has opened up to 2,000 parking spaces at the Metro station for participants to park at for free, in addition to running its normal Silver Line bus service to the hub.
The Viva SGV! route will have stops featuring entertainment stages, food, vendors, games, and more. El Monte streets of Valley Mall and Tyler Avenue, and South El Monte Streets including a small section of Santa Anita Avenue, Central Avenue and Rush Street, will be completely closed to vehicular traffic (with the exception of monitored car crossing points) to allow the public to explore parks, businesses and neighborhoods while walking, jogging, biking, skating, and strolling. All forms of non-motorized transit are welcomed, including scooters, bicycles, wheelchairs, skateboards, wagons, strollers, and rollerblades.
Viva SGV! is especially thrilled to have two popular musicians highlighting the day. Vilma Diaz , formerly of La Sonora Dinamita, will be performing with her band Vilma Diaz Y La Sonora at 1:30 p.m. at the Arceo Park hub. South El Monte native Raymundo will play at 12:45 p.m. at the Mary Van Dyke hub.
Concert goers at both events will have the chance to receive free entrée cards from Chipotle, which will be randomly handed out by volunteers. Additionally, there will be buy one, get one free Chipotle entrée cards available for the first 1,000 people to stop by the city booth at Arceo Park hub and the first 1,000 people to stop by the city booth at Mary Van Dyke hub.
Activity Hubs will give participants access to bicycle and pedestrian safety trainings, physical activity challenges, children’s art workshops, nutrition education discussions, healthy food and beverage demos, health and wellness demos, giveaways, food trucks, restrooms, bike repair, and first aid.
The hubs include:
Mary Van Dyke Park which will have Mural Revival: Imagining South El Monte’s New Murals; a selfie station; interactive art; storytelling; and spa water. There will be live music at the park with CSUN Jishin Taiko at 10:30 a.m., Tha Dominion Boyz at 11:15 a.m., the all-female mariachi band Las Reinas de Los Angeles sponsored Cielito Lindo restaurant at noon; and South El Monte’s own Raymundo from 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
In addition, the Greater El Monte Community Hospital will host a health fair just south of the hub.
Arceo Park which will have chalk art; selfie station; spa water; hula hoops; and Loteria hop scotch. Music at the park will include Sugar Solstice at 11:00 a.m. A Taiko drummer group will perform at noon. Vilma Diaz and La Sonora will close out activities at the park with a concert from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Valley Mall is a partial hub in association with the mall itself, which will have a special Father’s Day Sidewalk Sale with merchants bringing their goods outside for participants to get a jump on buying gifts for the following weekend’s Father’s Day. In addition, the Valley Mall hub will have Mural Revival: Imagining South El Monte’s New Murals; a selfie station; interactive art; storytelling; and spa water.
In addition to the Hub activities, the Viva SGV! Asian American Bike Tour, led by the Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), will uncover the hidden history of Asian Americans, explore current-day social issues impacting the community and present future developments in the form of a 6-mile bike tour across El Monte and South El Monte. The tour will be filled with fun facts, stories from locals and a treat at the end of the ride. For more information please call 856-823-1898.
Viva SGV! Open Streets is funded through the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Open Streets Grant Program, which seeks to increase opportunities for walking, biking, and public transit to help create a more mobile and sustainable transportation system in the Los Angeles region. Viva SGV! Open Streets is one of eight Open Streets events, presented by Metro.
On the day of the event, public parking will be available at several lots throughout both cities (see attached route map). For those traveling to El Monte and South El Monte from surrounding areas, the the Metro Transit Center is located at 3501 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA 91731 and will offer up to 2,000 free parking spaces. Use the Metro Trip Planner on www.metro.net to help find your way to El Monte. Additionally, the Metrolink San Bernardino line station is conveniently located near the route at 10925 Railroad Ave, El Monte, CA 91731 for participants wanting to take a Metrolink train in from the east.
FREE COMMUNITY EVENT
Viva SGV! OPEN STREETS: Sunday, June 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. El Monte and South El Monte, 7 miles of streets and the Rio Hondo Bike Path. Activities, music and performances. Bring your bike and ride. Family friendly, all ages.
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