Downtown Yakima has so much history. Over the years the buildings have been renovated and reinvented for us to enjoy. I know a few people who live here that  hardly ever go to the downtown area.

The Downtown Association of Yakima, however, would like to change that. They have put together four "Cruise the Ave" Saturday nights for all of us to enjoy -- June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, and Sept. 12.

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This is your chance to show off your ride -- car, truck or motorcyle -- and enjoy downtown Yakima at the same time!

Here's what the association has to say about their plans:

The Downtown Association of Yakima (DAY) is hosting four ‘Cruise the Ave’ nights this summer as part of their effort to engage and promote the downtown area.

DAY is a private, nonprofit organization committed to the preservation, development, marketing and promotion of Downtown Yakima through focused efforts to build and maintain public and private partnerships that will foster financial and creative investments in our future while embracing and celebrating our history.

"It is a flashback in time to relive the past," said Joe Mann, owner of Ron’s Coin & Collectibles and DAY board member.  "This is a great opportunity to see your neighbors, interact with the public, and watch cool cars go by.”

The events are free and open to the public and will take place on the second Saturday of the month this summer.  Cruising will go from 6th Street to 7th Ave during the hours of 6 PM – 10 PM.  The four Saturdays are; June 13th, July 11th, August 8th, and September 12th.

For more information, contact Colleda Monick at 576-6772 or visit the association's website, www.downtownyakima.com