The City of Boston’s Open Streets initiative

Boston couldn't let Newbury Street hog all the fun. | Photo by Neslihan Sahinkaya

Boston couldn’t let Newbury Street hog all the fun. | Photo by Neslihan Sahinkaya

This summer, the City of Boston is expanding the popular “Open Newbury Street” concept to three additional Boston neighborhoods. Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Dorchester residents — mark your calendars for some car-free fun.

The Open Streets schedule:

🗓️ Sun., July 10 | Centre Street, Jamaica Plain

🗓️ Sat., Aug. 6 | Grove Hall (Warren/Blue Hill), Roxbury

🗓️ Sat., Sept. 24 | Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester

Each of these streets will be closed to vehicles from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Stop by for performances, food trucks, games, shopping, and more while you stroll down one to two miles of road without having to look both ways.

The specific activities will be unique to each neighborhood, like a block party in Jamaica Plain, a roller rink in Roxbury, and boxing on Dorchester Ave.

Back Bay is also getting a taste of this traffic takeover with Copley Connect, a 10-day pilot project that will transform Dartmouth Street into a plaza space.

Here’s what we know:

  • The portion of Dartmouth Street that connects the Boston Public Library and Copley Square will be temporarily closed off to cars today through Fri., June 17.
  • Expect café seating, food trucks, block parties, outdoor yoga, and more community programming.
  • The colorful arches of the pop-up park draw inspiration from the façade of the library’s McKim building + the historic archways of Trinity Church.

The City will study the impacts of closing the block on flows of pedestrians, bikes, cars, and buses to help inform the future use of the space.

Copley Square Park and the Central Branch of the Boston Public Library are each going through separate improvement projects — learn more about plans for the library + the park.

Don’t worry, we can also expect to roam the middle of Newbury Street this summer. Mayor Wu said that Newbury will be included in the Open Street initiative, with dates coming soon.

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