Hillfest Takes Over Busy Hillside Intersection
Posted at: 08/25/2013 8:19 PM
| Updated at: 08/25/2013 10:38 PM
By: EMILY HAAVIK
One of Duluth's busiest intersections was blocked off over the weekend, turning a place that can be dangerous for pedestrians into a safe and friendly family environment.
The Fourth Annual Hillfest took place Sunday on Sixth Avenue East and Fourth Street. Founder Archie Davis said the dangerous nature of the intersection is exactly why he picked this spot.
"As a part of promoting healthy living and a community event that will inspire people to walk here and not feel that they're going to be jeopardized by traffic," he said, "what a perfect intersection to do it in: Sixth Avenue East and Fourth Street, where we have a lot of accidents."
James Gittemeier, one of the organizers, said they also have it in this location to make it accessible for residents of Duluth's Hillside neighborhood.
"You know, we have a lot of things in town that happen along the lakefront," Gittemeier said. "And it's nice to bring something up into the Hillside and give the people of the Hillside and the city a fun activity to do that's close to where they live."
Hillfest is run by volunteers and sponsored by local businesses. Despite the heat Sunday, visitors enjoyed a climbing wall, food, games and live music.