‘Out on 5th’ kicks off in Oregon District with added safety measures

“Out on 5th” debuted in the Oregon District Friday night.

News Center 7 previously reported that in March the city installed brand new removable traffic barriers to make outdoor events safer.

Barriers are being replaced at every entrance to Fifth Street in the Oregon District, celebrating people said it’s nice to have weekends like this where big crowds drink.

“We really liked the fact that they could stop traffic on the weekends to allow people to walk around with strollers or puppies,” Analisa Meyer said.

Meyer brought with her two dogs that were up for adoption.

“We love the fact that they’re going to explore the bars and restaurants here and feel comfortable walking their dogs and their pets and it feels very safe,” Meyer said.

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Dane Thomas has been managing bars in the Oregon District for nearly 20 years.

The new barriers prevent traffic on Fifth Street from Patterson Boulevard to Wayne Avenue.

He said every year the first day of “Out on Fifth” draws a large crowd of people to the area.

There are several ways Thomas and Dayton police work to keep the area safe.

“They have police officers stationed here,” Thomas said.

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In addition to the security of its qualified private bar.

“We go through a Dayton Bar Safe program that the police run that teaches them what to do and what not to do,” he said.

Meyer said because of that, she feels safe spending her weekends in Oregon.

“Even though I’m alone, I feel very comfortable here, no matter what’s going on in the news, I always feel like coming to Fifth Street is a very comfortable and safe place to go” , she said.

Meyer also noted if you plan to come to the event to make sure you know where you can park and how to get there given the new barriers.

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