Play in the streets of downtown Pensacola

By Shawna Moore
Staff Writer

Last Saturday, the historic downtown Pensacola hosted its first Ciclovia event.

Ciclovia (Seek-loh-via) originated in South America during the 1970s, and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle and a united community. Over the past 30 years, the movement has reached more than 400 cities across the world.

Pensacola closed the streets to traffic from Maritime Park, down to Bayfront Parkway, and up to the intersection of Garden and Palafox streets. These closed streets were filled with bikers, joggers, children and skaters. Many families brought their four-legged furry friends and set up lounging areas to enjoy the festivities.

Maritime Park was the perfect place for sports and games with the large grassy field hosting soccer fields, football games and even a gymnastics center for young children. Bikers were able to cycle the scenic route of Bayfront Parkway, enjoying the crashing water and the warm sunshine.

At 11:30 a.m. a flash mob made up of all types of people wowed the crowd at Palafox and Main streets. The flash mob was put on by Ashley Barnett of Five Flags Dance Academy and featured a collection of retro dancing and lots of smiling dancers.

The University of West Florida had many volunteers for the event who helped with tasks such as picking up garbage and keeping the streets clean. UWF also brought out several classes that had field day events: A health promotion class handed out surveys—being such a success that the class nearly ran out of surveys; and a Sports Management class set up a booth at Maritime Park which allowed for many people to play and learn new sports such as Spike Ball.

Here we offer a photo gallery of the day’s events.

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