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Saluda Streets Alive! held June 8 to promote playing

A little boy and his dad create art on the makeshift mural set up during Sauda's Streets Alive event Saturday, June 8.

A little boy and his dad create art on the makeshift mural set up during Sauda’s Streets Alive event Saturday, June 8. (photos by Lisa Obermiller)

Saluda residents intent on playing the afternoon away enjoyed the Saluda Streets Alive! event held Saturday, June 8.

Kids painted on a makeshift mural, played with beach balls and soccer balls, danced and colored with chalk along the roadway.

Saluda City Clerk Monica Pace said residents made the event happen.

“We had over 130 in attendance and everyone enjoyed the event. The homeowners on Meadowview Drive, Cedarview Drive, Hart Street and Crescent Street were great and helped with set up, activity supervision and allowed us to use their neighborhood,” said Pace. “We had plenty of volunteers and a lot of fun.”

The Polk County Community Foundation made the Saluda Streets Alive! event possible through a $3,000 grant. Healthy snacks, bottled water and a free T-shirt were provided for everyone who came. Additional T-shirts are available for sale at City Hall.

Mayor Fred Baisden said he was proud to see the city come together for such an enjoyable afternoon.