Parking advice for Tall Ships Duluth 2013The festival grounds at Bayfront Festival Park will open at 11 a.m. today and traffic is expected to be extremely heavy in the area, police said today.
Veterans of big events in the Canal Park area know the drill. Park downtown and walk over. That’s also the advice from the Duluth Police Department as up to 100,000 people are expected to view the Tall Ships beginning Thursday with a Parade of Sail under the Aerial Lift Bridge around 2 p.m.
The festival grounds at Bayfront Festival Park will open at 11 a.m. today and traffic is expected to be extremely heavy in the area, police said Wednesday. The festival and ship-viewing area will be open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“During this time period, expect large amounts of traffic on Fifth Avenue West, Railroad Street, Garfield Avenue and in the Canal Park area,” the Police Department stated. “Significant traffic delays should be expected. Watch for officers directing traffic in these areas.”
Expect Interstate 35 to be backed up as well.
There is parking in the ramp at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center as well in lots at Bayfront. Parking downtown will create the least headaches for those averse to being stalled in traffic jams. Walkers can cross over Interstate 35 using the skywalk at Third Avenue West or using street overpasses at Fifth Avenue West or Lake Avenue. Pedestrian access to Canal Park can also be made from several entrances to the Lakewalk along East Superior Street.