Starting the week of May 16, Court Square will again be closed to vehicular traffic to make way for a seasonal pedestrian plaza and a full schedule of events continuing through October. The configuration will be similar to last year, but with additional handicapped parking behind City Hall and more visible directional signage to guide vehicles through the area and visitors into the building.
“We reviewed feedback from last year’s pilot closure and the overwhelming message was that the community wants more events on Court Square and the Town Common,” said Mayor Roxann Wedegartner. “Though some people asked for Court Square to remain open to one-way traffic, it’s not something that we can safely accommodate without costly infrastructure upgrades.”
Events scheduled for Court Square and the Common this season include:
Other events still in the planning stages will feature food, live music, dancing and youth activities. Court Square will also serve as a pick-up area for shuttle buses for the Green River Festival June 24-26.
Movable planters will again be used to close off Court Square between Main Street and Newton Place. Traffic will still be able to access the parking lot behind City Hall from Main Street at Veterans Memorial Mall and from Bank Row by way of Newton Place.