San Jose: Media Advisory: Viva CalleSJ is Back to Activate the Streets and Create the City’s Largest Park
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Daniel Lazo, Interim Public Information Manager, Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
What:Viva CalleSJ 2021
When:Sunday, September 19
Run Viva CalleSJ 5K: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Viva CalleSJ: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks at Arena Green activity hub: Noon
Where: The route runs from the Alameda though Santa Clara St. to Alum Rock Ave. and extends through 1st St. and 3rd St.
Activity hubs are located at:
  • Arena Green
  • Japantown
  • Parque De Pobladores
  • Mexican Heritage Plaza

Who: Welcoming Remarks
  • Mayor Sam Liccardo
  • Councilmember Raul Peralez, District 3
  • Jon Cicirelli, Director of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services
  • Ed Solis, Recreation Superintendent
Background: The City of San José's Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) hosts the 6th annual Viva CalleSJ event on Sunday, Sept. 19.

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Viva CalleSJ provides an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to play and explore the City as they walk, bike, skate, or wheel along six miles of open streets. Along the route, there will be multiple activity hubs, where participants can stop and enjoy food trucks, live music, and activities for the whole family. The route has no beginning or end and flows both ways, so participants can join at any point.

This year's event includes the Run Viva CalleSJ 5K. The race will begin and end at the Arena Green activity hub off W. Santa Clara St. and N. Barrack Obama Blvd. (formally N. Autumn St.). Starting at 8 a.m., runners will have a chance to complete the course in time to join the Viva CalleSJ event festivities at 10 a.m.

By allowing only non-motorized transportation on a route that changes annually, Viva CalleSJ encourages exploration of City neighborhoods. In doing so, it promotes social integration while directly reducing carbon emissions and encouraging physical fitness. Open street events also promote local businesses and strengthen community relationships.

Face coverings are recommended if you are unvaccinated and are in a crowded outdoor setting. Safety protocols are subject to change to follow State and County guidelines.

For more information, including this year's event route, visit

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