Chamber offers free parking and shuttle service for patrons of
Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival
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[August 19, 2011]
New this year, art and balloon fest
organizers are offering free parking in the Burger King parking lot
off Woodlawn Road. Exit 126 from Interstate 55 will lead right to
the free "park 'n ride" service. The parking lot will be open all
day Friday and Saturday. Shuttle service will run approximately
every 15 minutes from Burger King to downtown, then to the Logan
County Airport, for all the weekend activities. This is the ideal
way to avoid all the waiting in traffic, paying parking fees and
driving around downtown looking for parking spots.
"This new addition to the festival has been a component that I have
wanted to implement since my first year, but the logistics and
financial burden has been an obstacle that has kept us from
executing it at the level I felt would offer a benefit to patrons of
the Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival," said Andi Hake, executive
director of Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce. "This year we
have been able to secure two sponsors to help offset the huge
expense -- the Alley-Bi Saloon and Character Pub. In addition
Jefferson Street Christian Church, St. Clara's Manor and Christian
Village have donated the use of their buses and drivers to help
transport visitors to the festival," she explained.
is a charge for parking at the Logan County Airport this year of $1
per car, we are recommending that our volunteers use this convenient
service so they are not out money out of their pockets, nor will
they have to fight traffic to report for their shifts," said
Jennifer Lovett, festival coordinator.
The shuttle service is completely free, along with parking in the
Burger King parking lot on Woodlawn Road. The schedule and route for
the shuttles is:
Shuttles will pick
up at the Burger King parking lot beginning at 3:30 p.m. on
Friday and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and continuing through 9:30
travel to downtown Lincoln to drop off and pick up at the corner
of Pulaski and Chicago streets until 9:45 p.m.
Shuttles will then
travel to the Logan County Airport to drop off until 10 p.m. and
will pick up until 11 p.m.
Pickups at the airport after 10 p.m.
may be dropped off at Burger King or the downtown location until
service is discontinued for the evening.
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In addition to the free parking and shuttle service, the chamber
is offering a free trolley service around downtown Lincoln on
Saturday and Sunday. Open trolleys pulled by tractors will provide
free transportation around downtown on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
and running until 5 p.m. On Sunday, the trolley service will run
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The primary pickup for the trolley service
will be on the corner of Pulaski and Chicago streets. All other
drop-offs and pickups will be based on riders' needs.
[Text from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]