Open Streets ICT is coming to WSU and the Shocker Neighborhood on April 16.

The community-building event, sponsored by Wichita Park and Recreation, will give the public access to biking, running, walking and visiting vendors and food trucks on a closed two-mile stretch of 17th Street between Oliver and Volutsia.

The street will be closed to automobile traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the event will open at noon and close at 4 p.m. 

Wichita State University will show off its unique cultural and educational assets while welcoming the community to campus.

“It’s a great opportunity to show our creativity and our innovation,” said Naquela Pack, WSU director of community engagement,

Open Streets ICT is  intended to promote healthy active living and social engagement. The event is free to the public and to groups, businesses, organizations and vendors.

University colleges, groups and organizations are encouraged to participate.

Open Streets ICT began in 2017 with Douglas Avenue downtown closed for four miles for biking, walking and activities. This is the first Open Streets ICT to be held at WSU and in the Shocker Neighborhood.

“I hope people will take advantage of this opportunity ,” Pack said. “It’s a great opportunity to show our Shocker pride.”

For information on participating, contact Pack at

Activity hubs at the Redbud Trail, Fairmount Park, Kirby’s Beer Store and the Chester Lewis Learning Center plan to offer food, games, music and activities.

  • Thirty-one vendors, including seven food trucks, are signed up for the event.
  • WSU’s Department of Dental Hygiene will hand out toothbrushes and other dental products.
  • Wichita State’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department will offer STEM activities for ages 6-12.
  • Wichita State’s Sustainability Council will offer Earth Day programs.
  • TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers Program will focus on adult education.
  • The Ulrich Museum of Art will offer activities for the family.