The West Avenue streetscape in downtown Kannapolis opened with special activities and a ribbon-cutting Thursday, Oct. 10.

The celebration featured the Downtown Runaround (walk/run), food trucks, games, music and more. Throughout the fall there will be other special events that will celebrate and introduce you to the new, valuable asset in the city.

The streetscape/linear park is designed to be the heart of the city. A place for everyone — every day.

West Avenue has been transformed into a beautiful, tree-lined street that will accommodate live music, open-air dining, walking, running, a putt-putt lawn, and other green spaces perfect for reading, classes for exercise or other special events.

The streetscape also has fountains, public restrooms, swings, public art and murals. Oak Avenue and Vance Street have also received a face-lift, with new sidewalks, trees, landscaping, paving and more.

Underneath the streets, new infrastructure has been engineered to accommodate the new businesses, sports and entertainment venue, restaurants and offices that are coming to downtown.

The $30 million project also includes two new roundabouts and updated intersections designed to be visually appealing and serve as important traffic devices to slow people down as they travel through the pedestrian-oriented area.

While visiting the new streetscape you will see construction on the Sports and Entertainment Venue — the new home of the Kannapolis minor league baseball team. The venue will open in April 2020.

VIDA, the mixed-use district going up between South Main Street and West Avenue, is now underway. There are four stories of apartments above the ground-level shops and restaurants.

Old Armor Beer Co., the city’s first brewery, will open on West Avenue this fall. This veteran owned and operated business will offer a variety of specialty brewed beers.

Fall entertainment

» Today, Oct. 13, 1-3 p.m., various West Avenue soundstages

Vadim Kolpakov (string guitarist)

The Instigators (four-piece blues/R&B band)

Scoot Pittman (acoustic guitarist)

» Oct. 19, noon to 4 p.m.: Kaleidoscope Arts and Ag Festival

As part of the Rowan Arts & Ag series, the event will feature over 40 local artisans such as painters, jewelry makers and woodcarvers helping celebrate the rich culture of agriculture with local breweries, wineries and goods from local farmers.

» Oct. 22, 9-11 a.m.: Tabletop Tuesday

Grab a cup of coffee and head over to West Avenue for some social time on Tuesday mornings. Games will be free-play, and all are welcome. Bring your own games or use one of ours. Light refreshments provided.

» Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m., various West Avenue soundstages

Carson Hill duo (country/folk music)

Crank Sinatra (five-piece band)

Nate Brown Rhythms of Soul (steel drums)

» Oct. 28, 4-7 p.m.: Loop the Loop Hydration Station

Did you know you can track your miles and earn great prizes? Come out and walk the Loop and visit our Hydration Station. Get a bottle of water (while supplies last) and learn more about the Loop the Loop program.

» Nov. 5, 9-11 a.m.: Tabletop Tuesday

Grab a cup of coffee and head over to West Avenue for some social time Tuesday mornings. Games will be free-play, and all are welcome. Bring your own games or use one of ours. Light refreshments provided.

» Nov. 7, 6-8 p.m.: Dance demos

Come enjoy a variety of dance during this night of dance demos, participate or just watch — either way, everyone is welcome. Capoeira demonstration with Brazilian music will be on the platform stage, Kizomba demonstration on the small deck, samba dance demonstration near the Plaza Canopy, and line-dancing lessons — all on West Avenue.

» Nov. 10, 1-3 p.m., various West Avenue soundstages

Randall Sprinkle (harp guitar)

Rain Garay Duo (jazz)

Reinaldo Brahn (Brazilian/samba)

» Nov. 13, 4-7 p.m.: Loop the Loop Hydration Station

Did you know you can track your miles and earn great prizes? Come out and walk the Loop and visit our Hydration Station. Get a bottle of water (while supplies last) and learn more about the Loop the Loop program.

» Nov. 18, 4-7 p.m.: Loop the Loop Hydration Station

Did you know you can track your miles and earn great prizes? Come out and walk the Loop and visit our Hydration Station. Get a bottle of water (while supplies last) and learn more about the Loop the Loop program.

» Nov. 19, 9-11 a.m.: Tabletop Tuesday

Grab a cup of coffee and head over to West Avenue for some social time Tuesday mornings. Games will be free-play, and all are welcome. Bring your own games or use one of ours. Light refreshments provided.

» Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m.: YO Yeah! Yoga!

The program is inspired by nature, a love of yoga and a dream to make yoga accessible to all by removing barriers such as price, props and intimidating settings. Come enjoy a class, which includes flowing postures to awaken and warm up the body followed by balancing, stretching and strengthening poses. Bring your yoga mats and set up on the lawns.

There will be four yoga instructors at four locations on West Avenue: adult/senior yoga, yoga for kids, beginners yoga and advanced yoga.

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