Bike Walk Play JPA is open to any form of active travel and recreation: walking, biking, jogging, unicycling, skating, 'strollering', etcetera. So, bring your bike, hula hoop, and crowd-friendly pet and meet us in the street!

Here's a list of some activities you can expect to see:
Also at the event will be the SPCA, bike & pedestrian safety tips, Story Time readings, Halloween arts & crafts, sidewalk/yard games, maps of the neighborhood trails, vouchers for free kids’ bikes from Community Bikes and indoor adult spin classes, and face painting!
Please plan to bring your own activities, music, and ideas too!

1/2 Mile of Open Road – Car-free!

IMG_0104Explore, stroll, jog, walk your dog, dance, stretch, talk, eat, ask questions, visit your local businesses, learn, trade stories, meet friends and neighbors – enjoy the street and rediscover the Jefferson Park Avenue stretch of Fry’s Spring neighborhood, traffic-free!

The 2016 Bike Walk Play JPA is 1/2 mile long, with open road between activities and exhibitor tables. Come enjoy the street traffic-free!

Visit an Ambulance (Charlottesville Area Rescue Squad)

CARS at a Halloween EventTour an ambulance, play corn hole, and learn about the Charlottesville Area Rescue Squad (CARS), the services they provide, and how to get involved.

CARS is a volunteer rescue squad with approximately 200 active members. CARS also has career firefighter/medics from the Charlottesville Fire Department that supplement their staffing on weekdays.

Arts, Funding, Ideas: Participatory Budgeting

Lightbulb ImageBeCville puts the power of funding and creating public art projects in the hands of local residents. During 2016/2017, residents will decide how $15,000 will be spent to enliven their neighborhood.

Share your ideas with us at Bike Walk Play JPA!



Bike & Pedestrian Safety

Charlottesville’s Fire Department and the City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee will both be on hand to answer questions about how to ride and walk safely around town.

Free kid’s bike vouchers from Community Bikes can be picked up at the Bicycle & Pedestrian table.

Book Nook by JMRL

JMRL LogoJoin the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library at a cozy Book Nook and peruse a selection of hand-picked books for ALL ages. Board books for babies, chapter books for advanced readers, and picture books in-between.

Caricatures – Supporting Camp Holiday Trails

Caricatures of you, your family, your friends, or everyone together! Local artist Robin Hoffman will be offering caricatures for donations to benefit Camp Holiday TrailsGroup Caricature Couple Caricature Medley of Caricatures from the LOOK3 Festival

Charlottesville is for Water

Logo: Charlottesville is for WaterJoin the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program to learn about where our local drinking water comes from, how it’s treated and delivered to taste good & stay clean, and how everyone in the family can help save water.

Kids can learn how to save water through smart toothbrushing choices and simple aerator upgrades.

Decorate Your Bike

IMG_0318Get snazzy. Get cute. Get retro. Get creative.

We’ll provide supplies. Add your imagination, and make your bike the coolest one around! Then later, join in a group ride and show off your bike!

Note:  some materials will be provided. If you are inspired, feel free to bring some of your own too!

Derby Dames (as in Roller Derby!)

CDD LogoThe Charlottesville Derby Dames will be at Bike Walk Play JPA this year! Learn about the All Star Team, the Belmont Bruisers, and the Junior Roller Derby and try some skating exercises from Fresh Meat (bring your own skates).

The Charlottesville Derby Dames are gearing up to go to Nationals this November, and the matches are just plain fun to watch! Ask for information on how to support and cheer on the Dames!

Derby Dames Skating


Climb on a Fire Truck (Charlottesville Fire Department)

IMG_0073The Charlottesville Fire Department will be onsite with one of their fire trucks – open for kids to climb on – and several of their community outreach programs. Includes safety information for bikers and walkers and information on the Charlottesville Fire Department’s Free Smoke Alarm Program.


Historical Walk & Talk about the JPA Bridge

Image of the bridge and history boardsIn 2012, the JPA Bridge reconstruction was completed, and the neighborhood felt all too familiar with the building process for the new bridge. But what about the history of the previous bridge? Learn about its history and importance to the development of the Fry’s Spring neighborhood in a short 10-15 min Walk and Talk by a local resident history buff.

Walking tour is offered twice an hour on the hour and at the :30. Check out historical photos and ask more questions in between.

Cookout Carnival by JPBC

The Jefferson Park Baptist Church is setting up a mini-carnival in conjunction with Bike Walk Play JPA. Get ready for a variety of fun including: bounce houses, grilled food, lawn games, and some jugglers.


Petting Zoo

The Charlottesville Seventh-day Adventist Church has secured a traveling petting zoo to stop in for Bike Walk Play JPA. A great way to connect with nature and make some new 4-legged friends!

There will also be Story Time and juice and water for kids available.

Urban Dwarf Goats

Picture of a group of people and a goatMeet the neighborhood dwarf goats and learn about keeping goats in an urban setting and landscape management.

Voter Registration

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Get prepared to vote on election day!  Register to vote and see a sample ballot (including the 2 constitutional ballot measures).

A representative of the City of Charlottesville Voter Registration and Elections will be onsite and available


Water Balloon Gauntlet (Weather Permitting)

Line up at 3:30pm and get ready to run (or throw balloons) for the Water Balloon Gauntlet. Imagine: a sunny day, a start line, and all that’s between you and the finish are two lines of people with water balloons just waiting to be launched. Welcome to the Water Balloon Gauntlet – how dry will you make it through?