Last week’s First Friday events featured for the first time a closure of King Street, although only for a few minutes as part of a promotion for Morven Park’s polo program. That might be a part of the future.
Council member Hugh Forsythe this week suggested the town consider closing the block of King Street between Loudoun and Market streets during monthly events.
“It’s not just of economics, to get everyone out,” he said. “It’s for safety also. That area right there, people walk right out in front of cars. My daughter almost hit somebody and she’s a pretty good driver.”
Forsythe asked the council to discuss the options with an eye to closing the block during October’s event.
Polo players Juan Salinas-Bentley and Doug Barnes trotted down King Street during last week’s First Friday events to call attention to the Saturday night matches that debuted at Morven Park this summer. Promoters worked with Mayor Kelly Burk, the town parks staff and police to close the downtown thoroughfare for a few minutes for photo ops. The summer series wraps up Aug. 26. For details, go to morvenpark.org/programs/polo-in-the-park.html.