Open Streets ICT draws huge crowds to Douglas

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If you noticed a major street blocked off Sunday afternoon, it was all in the name of fun.

Open Streets ICT 2019 drew crowds to Douglas Avenue for the third year in a row. Stretching from College Hill to Delano, it closed off Douglas to traffic and opened it up to pedestrians, biking, dancing, yoga and more.

The City of Wichita estimates 36,000 people attended Open Streets ICT in 2018, and they expected even more attendees this year. The KAKE News team was out with fellow Wichitans enjoying the beautiful weather. That weather was a pleasant surprise after a rainy start to the day.

"It's great," said Newman University student Jon Coufal. "It's like God knew we were gonna be here today and cleared it up for us. This morning, it didn't look too good."

"It's so nice that this is provided for us," said Newman student Rebecca Hageman. "We're just out here enjoying this weather.

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell said he's happy with the event, but he wasn't sure about it when it was first proposed.

"I was probably the biggest skeptic of blocking off our main artery for more than four miles, and we really like our cars in this city," Longwell said. "It's been incredibly popular."

Attendees were glad to get moving downtown.

"Anything that can get us out moving and connecting to each other is a super thing, and we're happy to be part of it," said attendee Angie Prather.

The City of Wichita awarded KAKE TV with the "Open Streets ICT 2019 Champion" recognition. That award came with a championship belt.