Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Before you get to the crafts and fair food at the Flowertown Festival, you have to find a place to park. Once again, the town is closing neighborhood streets within the historic district to the west of Main Street. The town closed the streets for the first time last year amidst concerns from public safety officials that an ambulance or fire truck wouldn’t be able to get through the narrow streets with cars parked on both sides. Residents will be allowed through, but parking spot searchers will have to search elsewhere. Last year volunteers from the YMCA manned the barricades. Apparently the sight of mere volunteers didn’t deter some especially insistent parkers, so the plan this year is to man the barricades with police officers. The good news is that two locations have agreed to allow parking, and the YMCA will have free shuttles every day of the festival. Heritage Square, at the corner of U.S. 78 and the Berlin G. Myers Parkway, and the old Hoover Dodge dealership, at 200 Trolley Road, will be available for parking. Shuttles will run between noon and 5 p.m. Friday, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, and between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. The town parking garage, on Short Central Avenue, will be open as well and has several handicapped parking spaces.