Note: The SDCC Office will be closed after 4:00pm on Thursday July 3 and will re-open Monday July 7 at 10am for the Fourth of July holiday.
As many of you know, Fair Saint Louis takes place in Forest Park starting Tomorrow July 3 and ending Saturday July 5, 2014. This is a wonderful and exciting event for the Skinker DeBaliviere community to experience, with close and convenient access to the Fair. With this, however, come many questions and concerns about the influx of traffic and parking in our neighborhood. Members of the SDCC Staff and Board Members, along with 28th Ward Alderman, Lyda Krewson, have had conversations with Fair Saint Louis organizers, to address these concerns and to ensure that our neighbors are accommodated.
Here are some key points to help you better prepare for the event:
Road Closures: Road closures will occur along nearby streets & highways at various times during the event. This includes Skinker, Lindell and DeBaliviere. A full listing of street closures, parking restrictions and additional neighborhood information can be found on the Fair Saint Louis website, here.
Parking: Fairgoers will have a number of parking options available in Forest Park and surrounding institutions. Fair organizers have developed routes that lead directly to these designated parking areas and away from neighboring communities, with local police directing traffic. Parking in residential neighborhoods will be further discouraged by posting “Local Traffic Only” signs. Despite these measures, we expect some motorist to attempt to find alternate parking locations in the neighborhood, and recommend that you plan for the increased demand. The latest Fair parking information can be found here.
Parking Passes: There will not be a special parking pass available for residents who live in the neighborhood, with the exception of Lindell Blvd residents, who have been previously been contacted by Fair Saint Louis organizers.
Safety: There will be a strong police presence in the park and surrounding neighborhoods. Officers will be tasked with neighborhood patrols, enforcing parking violations, traffic control, and responding to calls. As always, call 911 for emergencies.
Despite the temporary inconveniences, we encourage you to enjoy this rare Fair experience in our community! A full listing of events, including musical acts and fireworks, can be found on the Fair Saint Louis website, here. Have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!