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06/29/2011 08:37 am ET | Updated Aug 28, 2011

DOT's 'Summer Streets' Program Opens Up 7 Miles Of Manhattan Roads To Bikers, Pedestrians

Once again, the New York City Department of Transportation will clear seven miles of Manhattan streets this August on three consecutive Saturdays for New Yorkers to walk around and enjoy the summer weather.

Summer Streets will "temporarily close Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to motor vehicles and open it up to people on three consecutive Saturdays in August (August 6, 13, & 20)" according to the popular program's website. You can check out the route map here. And Gothamist has the scoop on some of the fun activities planned:

-Sand castles and sculptures by Matt Long of Sand Masters television fame, as well as sand boxes for everyone to enjoy.
-A 25-feet tall climbing wall provided by REI.

-Sports activities ranging from basketball to baseball to hockey.

-Storytelling activities hosted by StoryCorps.

-Free exercise and dance classes.

-Free bicycle and rollerblade rentals.

-Chipotle will host "guacamole making."

-The first ever Summer Streets Cook-off (whatever that means) hosted by Whole Foods on August 6th.

-The Fringe Festival will present free street theater performances.

-Transportation Alternatives will offer free Bike Valet parking.

Don't live in Manhattan or feel like schlepping into the city on the weekends? That's okay! The DOT has something for you as well. The "Weekend Walks" series shuts down blocks in the outer boroughs on select weekends. You can look at a calendar here.

It's all a part of an effort to give crowded New Yorkers some space to breathe in our busy city during the dog days of summer and is modeled after events around the world like Bogotá, Colombia's Ciclovia, Paris Plage, and even New York's own Museum Mile.