Lisa Cooley, director of Team Cleveland/Main Street for the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, said the idea for Sunday Funday was pitched to them by the group, Keep Cleveland Boring.
Most of the businesses in Cleveland are closed on Sundays, so Funday was created as a way to give people something to do on Sundays, particularly members of Teach For America, who are in town over the summer.
Each Sunday during the month of June, the Greenstrip in downtown Cleveland has been available for people to come and hang out. Some restaurants have also been open.
Cooley said Hey Joe’s has been opened, as well as Delta Dairy.
“On Sunday (June 22), we showed the World Cup game,” said Justin Huerta, owner of Hey Joe’s.
Many people came out to watch the United States take on Portugal, and it was one of the busiest Sundays for Hey Joe’s.
Cooley said Sunday was busy, partly because of the World Cup viewing party at Hey Joe’s.
Cooley said Sunday Fundays were just planned for the month of June but some restaurants may decide to remain open on Sundays.
“We’d love to have people come out,” Cooley said.
Residents can bring their picnic baskets to the Greenstrip and have an outdoor picnic, or just enjoy being outside.
Cooley said she hopes the event will grow, and that it will be something the city can do each year.