To the editor:

On behalf of Newburyport Livable Streets, I would like to thank everyone involved in making Open Streets 2019 an unqualified success. The event on Sunday, June 23, was attended by many neighbors, residents, families, and volunteers and was accompanied by perfect weather. Participants enjoyed biking, walking, games, live music, and entertainment on Purchase Street and the streets surrounding Atwood Park, Perkins Park and the Youth Services Center. Volunteers helped with the street closures, the bike rodeo, children’s games at the Emma Andrews Library, musical entertainment at the Methodist Church and with basketball, free food and the bouncy house at Perkins Park. We even had a visit from a friendly giraffe!

The event could not have happened without the support of many individuals and organizations: Lise Reid and her team from the Newburyport Parks Department; Emma Andrews Library volunteers and Scout Troop 219; Jamie Tuccolo and members of the Newburyport Department of Public Services; the People’s United Methodist Church; Coastal Trails Coalition; Friends of Newburyport Trees; Jack Rabbit Running Store; Riverside Cycling; Acting Out Studio; Nancy McCarthy of Natural High Fitness; Newburyport Youth Services; Newburyport Boy Scouts; Theater in the Open; all the volunteers who helped monitor street closures; and of course, all of the members of Newburyport Livable Streets who worked so hard for the past few months to make this day happen. I would also like to thank the Newburyport Daily News for their support and press coverage.

Newburyport Livable Streets seeks to support and improve the health and well-being of our community through education and advocacy related to transportation infrastructure and policies. We support safe sidewalks, bike routes and neighborhood streets; off-road paths and trails; local transit; and other policies and investments that respect Newburyport’s intimate scale and historic character. Livable Streets will nurture a healthy, vibrant city that people want to live in, businesses want to invest in, and tourists want to visit.

If you have any questions or want to volunteer to help out during a future event, contact us at, or go to our website at

Judy Tymon