Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sunday Streets stops in Bayview

The Sunday Streets program will close much of 3rd Street this Sunday from 11am to 4pm. The 3rd Street closure begins at King Street near the ball park, runs through Mission Bay and Dogpatch, and ends halfway through Bayview.

Unlike last year when just the northbound side of 3rd Street was closed to traffic, the southbound lanes on 3rd Street will also be closed.

Residents are urged not to park on 3rd as all vehicles parked along the route will be towed beginning at 7am. Cross traffic will be limited to certain intersections (see graphic). Recommended MUNI lines include the 23, 24, 44, 54 and T-Third.

Hubs of activity along the Sunday Streets route include the Bayview Opera House (4705 3rd) where many community-serving organizations will share information and services. The UCSF School of Dentistry, for example, will provide free dental screening for children with no appointment required. Contact UCSF by email for more information.

The Bayview-Dogpatch Music Festival, a joint venture with Sunday Streets, will be located near the Bayview Opera House. That Festival includes live music and, from 2pm to 3pm, Circus Bella, “San Francisco's own open air, one-ring circus.” Circus Bella performs contemporary acts of daring physical feats to an original score performed by live musicians.

The 3rd Street Corridor Program’s Shrimp N Grits and Bar BQ cook-off and tasting contest, one of last year’s most popular events, returns in a new location: Mendell Plaza beginning at 1pm. Last year’s winner, Old Skool Café, wants to take the prize again this year.

Children and youth activities will take place on the grounds of the Joseph Lee Recreation Center, sponsored by BMagic. Other youth activities and live music are planned for 3rd and Galvez where the Sunday Streets volunteer check-in and sponsor areas will be located.

In Dogpatch, activities are planned for Warm Water Cove between 23rd and 24th, on 3rd between 22nd and 23rd, on 22nd at Tennessee, 22nd and Indiana, 18th and Indiana, and Esprit Park on 19th and Indiana.

The Sunday Streets event is part of a series of free events put on by the City of San Francisco to encourage health, community and fun.

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