Valdosta, Georgia --
In anticipation of the large number of citizens expected for the Downtown Holiday Open House and Greater Valdosta Christmas Parade this Saturday, Dec. 4, the City of Valdosta is announcing additional parking options and expected road closures to help citizens plan their travels to and from the busy festivities this weekend.
In addition to an array of shopping and dining options, street vendors, visits with Santa, and entertainment associated with the Downtown Holiday Open House event, the festivities include a holiday ice skating rink in the Toombs Street parking lot. Since limited parking will be available in the Toombs Street parking lot due to the ice skating rink, the city offers the following parking options for citizens to consider:
· A substantial amount of parking will be provided in the First Baptist Church parking lot, located immediately across the street from the Toombs Street parking lot at the corner of N. Oak Street and W. Central Avenue.
· Ample parking is available in the McKey Street parking lot located on E. Central Avenue, across from the Valdosta City Hall.
· Public parking lots are also available on Savannah Avenue between Lee and N. Oak Streets.
· Following the Greater Valdosta Christmas Parade, the reopening of N. Patterson Street will once again open up these street parking options to downtown patrons.
The holiday festivities have created a need to close several streets. Due to the Downtown Holiday Open House activities, E. Central Avenue and Valley Street will be closed between Ashley and Patterson Streets, from 7 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade. N. Patterson Street will close beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Northside Drive and will continue down to Savannah Avenue to accommodate the start of the WinterFest 5K Fun Run/Walk, followed by the 5 p.m. start of the Greater Valdosta Christmas Parade. All cross streets beginning at Woodrow Wilson Drive will also be closed during the parade procession into the downtown area. All streets will reopen immediately following the parade.
Adequate traffic safety measures and arrow boards will be in place to alert the traveling public of any road detours and closures, as well as the locations of available parking areas downtown.
For more information, contact the Public Involvement Department at (229) 259-3571 or the Engineering Department at (229) 259-3530.