The Edmonton Folk Festival runs from Thursday, August 4th to Sunday, August 7th at Gallagher Park.
Folkies say it’s the perfect location – even though it doesn’t have any parking.
To manage parking congestion in the Cloverdale community and to ensure safe passage for emergency vehicles during the festival, a number of parking restrictions and temporary one-way roads are being brought in:
There is no on-site parking in the Cloverdale community from Thursday, August 4 at 9 a.m. until midnight on Sunday, August 7.
Temporary one-way roads will be in effect from Wednesday, August 3 at 9 a.m. until 7 a.m. on Monday, August 8.
Additional parking restrictions will be implemented in the communities of Strathearn and Bonnie Doon during the festival.
All parking restrictions will be strictly enforced by Bylaw Enforcement Officers in all three communities throughout the festival. Patrons are reminded to obey all signs as all illegally parked vehicles will be tagged and towed.
Edmonton Transit comes to the rescue every year with their shuttle busses. ETS’s Gary Lamont says, “The pick-up location is at the Butterdome, which is on 87 avenue at 114 street. We take you down to the park from there.”
They put on extra busses at night when the festival ends. Lamont says, “We do that so when we have that rush at the end of the night, we are better able to accommodate.”
Don’t forget to bring your bus fare though, normal rates apply. And if you are leaving your vehicle at the university, expect regular parking charges at the lots there. The lot at the Jubilee Auditorium is not available Thursday or Friday, but will be available for Folk Fest goers on Saturday and Sunday.
As part of the Valley Line LRT project, the Cloverdale Footbridge is closed. Anyone who walks or cycles to the festival from the north side of the River Valley is encouraged to cross the river using the Low Level Bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists are reminded to obey all construction signage en route to the festival. (eb)