Parking Committee


The Parking Committee is the group of people who is responsible for the on-site parking during the Festival, in addition to off-site parking for people such as our valuable volunteers and organizers.  The Parking Committee works closely with the Planning Committee and the Site Committee to make sure that areas are designated for parking and also to determine the big question of "who goes where."  Also, during the three days that the Festival is running, Parking is responsible for maintaining order in the face of what looks like chaos - to make sure that entry/leaving of performers, vendors, and others goes as smoothly as possible, as well as making sure that people are parking in their designated areas and not places where it causes a problem. 

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Parking information for area Residents


EVENT TIME LINE, street closings:



bagged by 6 PM.- POPLAR, RUSSELL AND THE REAMINDER OF PARK STREET  will be bagged Wednesday evening.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Street Closure Time:  6 PM


            Russell St Becomes 2 way from Park to High St.

Park St. at Russell St. south to Swan St.       

Goodale St. from North High Street west to Dennison Ave.

            Poplar & Millay at Park St. NO ACCESS TO PARK STREET



Thursday, June 27, 2013

Street Closure Time:  9 AM


             Poplar Ave. from Park St. east to High St. – local & business traffic only


Street Closure Time:  12 NOON


            Russell St. closes at the parking garage entrance and is 2 way from the garage to High st.

              Park St. at Buttles south to Russell, completing the closure all the way to Swan St. for Community Foods



Street Closure Time:  6 PM


            Wall St. from Millay St. north to Russell St.

            Millay St. from Park St. east to High St. (local/delivery traffic only)

            Lincoln St. from Park St. east to Wall St. (NOTE: Wall St. becomes one-way north at Lincoln St.)            Russell St. from Park St. east to High St.


Friday, June 28, 2013

Street Closure Time:  7 AM


            Dennison Ave. at Goodale Blvd. north to Buttles

            Collins Ave. at Dennison Ave. west to Hunter Ave.

            Poplar Ave. at Dennison Ave. west to Hunter Ave.

            Hunter Ave. at Goodale north to Buttles (access for residents only)

            Highland Ave. at Buttles north to Collins (access for residents only)


All streets re-open before or at 6 AM on Monday, July 1, 2013


Festival Hours of Operation:

Friday, June 28                       Noon to 11 PM

Saturday, June 29                 10 AM to 10 PM

Sunday, June 30           10 AM to 8 PM



How to get to your existing parking within the closure barricades


Neighbours on the edges of the Park who need to reach their existing parking or garages may pick up entry passes to get through the Dennison/Buttles Gate to their existing parking on Wednesday, June 22, from 2 to 6 PM, and on
Thursday, June 26, from 4PM to 6PM at the shelter house north porch.


If neighbors cannot make either of the above listed times they may pick up entry passes during the event at the Safety Base on the north porch of the Park shelter house. Bring something that shows where you live, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.



You may find yourself wondering “I’m planning on driving to the Community Festival, but I don’t know where to park my car…”
Parking at the Festival site itself will probably not be an option.  On-site parking is very limited and reserved for performers, close-by area residents, certain food vendors, organizational/operational folks, handicapped drivers, and a few others (such as on-site EMTs).  Manned barricades exist at entry points to the site in order to control the flow of traffic in and out of the site, and to make sure that only those who have access to the site enter, in order to efficiently manage a very finite number of parking spaces.

Now, you’ll have to ask yourself, do you really need to drive, or can you walk, take a bicycle or the bus, or car-pool with friends who may be going as well?  In these times when everyone’s trying to be more “green”, these may be options worth considering.  However, if driving is a necessity because of things like distance, or you are the driver in a group that’s car-pooling, then you will need to find someplace to park now, won’t you?

Because of the location of Goodale Park in a neighborhood that is largely residential and densely-populated, on-the-street parking is at a premium.  We of the Parking Committee request that Festival attendees be considerate and not take these parking spaces away from our neighbors who need them.  Look at the map below for reference.

There are a number of pay-lots located around the Arena District, which is within easy walking distance of Goodale Park.  There are lots located on:

  • Vine Street just east of Neil Avenue
  • Brodbelt Lane just east of Neil Avenue
  • Nationwide Boulevard, just across from the arena, and
  • Marconi Boulevard, south of Nationwide Boulevard

Also, there are a couple smaller metered lots at:

  • High Street and Millay Alley (on the west side of the street) and
  • High Street just north of Poplar Avenue (on the east side of the street)

In addition, there are a number of spaces on the north side of Goodale Street west of Neil Avenue that are public spaces, and are a very short walk to the park itself.


Handicapped Parking:

There is handicapped parking available within the Festival site, on Dennison Ave. south of Buttles, and a limited number of spaces on Park Street, just south of Buttles.  These areas are marked with signs that indicate handicapped parking.  If you have any questions regarding handicapped parking, email Doug, Parking Coordinator, at


The Parking Committee does ask a few things of those who are planning on attending the Community Festival and are driving, such as:

  • Respecting the fact that on-street parking is very limited in the Victorian Village/Short North area, and the people who actually live in this area need to park their vehicles somewhere too.
  • Not blocking driveways and garages of our neighbors.  It is not only inconveniencing to the person who’s being blocked, but inconsiderate as well, and your vehicle could be ticketed, or worse, towed.
  • Don’t park in areas where it’s obvious you’re not supposed to be parking.  Pay attention to street signs, and save yourself the headache/expense of being ticketed and/or towed.
  • Remember that parking around the area is just the same as parking for any other event: first-come, first-served, and at your own risk.

If you are have any questions about parking, or would like to assist on the Parking Committee, feel free to contact Doug, Parking Coordinator, at 614-654-4844 or e-mail



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If you are interested in helping out with the Parking Committee, feel free to contact Doug, Parking Coordinator, at 614-654-4844 or email