DETROIT, June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- All Red Wings fans and celebrants
planning to attend the June 17 parade and rally should be prepared for weather
conditions and dress accordingly. Fans also are encouraged to bring plenty of
water, as public drinking fountains along the route are limited.
The City of Detroit expects approximately one million fans. Those
visiting or working in downtown Detroit should be prepared for large crowds.
Portable toilets are available along the parade route and at Hart Plaza. A
handicapped seating area is available at the northeast corner of Grand Circus
Parking is available at all Municipal Parking garages and lots downtown.
However, City officials are warning motorists of a popular parking scam
involving con artists posing as parking personnel and collecting money from
drivers waiting to park. Motorists should pay only those parking attendants
authorized to collect funds. Employees of authorized parking lots and garages
wear badges that indicate the parking facility is licensed by the City of
Detroit. Individuals who park in privately-owned lots and garages should not
pay more than the posted rates. Parking lot operators are reminded that rates
may not be increased without the approval of the Detroit Consumer Affairs
Department. Such approval must be requested 30 days in advance.
The Municipal Parking Department recommends the following parking
* Cobo Roof Deck Garage 625 West Congress
* Cobo Hall Garage 475 Washington Boulevard
* Cobo Arena Garage 200 Civic Center Drive
* Millennium Garage 432 East Congress
* Grand Circus Park Garage 1600-01 Woodward Avenue
* First & Bagley Garage 1731 First Street
* Third and Michigan 604 Abbott
In addition, the Detroit Department of Transportation will provide parking
shuttle service from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to and from the First and Bagley and
Third and Michigan parking facilities. Cost for the service is 50 cents each
way and buses will run at 10-minute intervals. The pickup site will be
located on the west side of Woodward. The drop off location will be at Park
Street and Washington Boulevard near Grand Circus Park. Downtown parking
patrons should look for bright green "P" signs, which identify MPD facilities.
For more information on parking, call the Detroit Municipal Parking Department
at (313) 877-8022.
DETROIT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
During the events, DDOT's regular service routes that travel from the east
will operate from Cadillac Square between Bates and Randolph. Routes that
travel from the west will operate from Capitol Park at State and Griswold.
RESTRICTED SPECTATOR AREAS
To ensure public safety, the City of Detroit Police Department has
restricted the following areas along the parade route:
* Compuware Construction area -
East side of Woodward at Monroe, south of Grand River
Monroe between Randolph and Woodward
* Kennedy Square Construction area -
South side of Michigan Avenue between Woodward and Griswold
West side of Woodward between Michigan and Fort Street
* Premier Garage - No spectators will be allowed at the Premier Garage
* Jefferson Avenue - No spectators will be allowed on the median
of Jefferson Avenue
Under no circumstances will fans be allowed to cross parade barriers along
the parade route or at Hart Plaza. Police will remove any violators. No
vendors will be allowed in the Central Business District without prior
approval from the City of Detroit Consumer Affairs Department. Food and
beverage vendors will be on site at Hart Plaza. The following is prohibited
at Hart Plaza:
* Alcoholic beverages
* Glass containers
* Roller skates or inline skates
* No climbing on Dodge Fountain
* No open fires
* No pets
For more information, go to the City's Web site at www.ci.detroit.mi.us.
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