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Celebrating Healthy Living (and having fun) at Open Streets

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Aerial Photo by Stephen Tyler, stphntylr.com

The second annual Open Streets festival on Uptown NW 23 drew thousands on what was a perfect afternoon weather wise.

Some of you have followed my brief updates on my journey to better health. Two years ago I couldn't have even contemplated walking a block and certainly not the stretch from Western to Robinson Avenues. But being 130 pounds lighter than I was in January, 2014, it's thrilling to be able to enjoy all that Open Streets has to offer.

Open Streets is, after all, a celebration of community and the idea that we can all find ways to enjoy healthier lifestyles. So as I walked Uptown and all the various activities, I shot baskets with my sons and laughed as they used every bit of lung capacity to blow the sails of tiny boats. We snacked on fruit, consumed a lot of water, and ended our day with my younger son in a bounce castle while my older son played chess at a table hosted by the Wise Owls chess club.

We could have danced with Renaissance performers or with an urban dance troop across the street. Quite honestly, I think it would be fantastic if the two groups merged and tried each others' moves out for fun at the next Open Streets.

The end at 4 p.m. came way too quickly. Oklahoma City is blessed with festivals in the urban core every week these days. But this once a year Open Streets stands out as perhaps the best of show - one that is specifically geared to getting all of us to celebrate in a healthy way, and maybe go home knowing healthy fun can be had throughout the year.

As someone who needs to learn this over and over again, I can't say thank you enough to the Oklahoma City/County Health Department and Uptown for making Open Streets a reality.

The following photos were posted on Twitter by Open Streets OKC and the Uptown Association:

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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