LarkFest 2013 road closures/alcohol rules

As you know, LarkFest is this Saturday. As you also know, that will involve road closures and parking restrictions. After the jump, the list from the Albany Police Department -- along with a mention of the alcohol rules for the festival...

From the APD press release:

The Albany Police Department would like to remind those who plan on attending this event of the following:

+ Officers will be posted on all entrances to the event. They will be alerting festival attendees of the rules of the event as they enter.

+ No outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed inside.

+ The open container permit will be the footprint of the event. It is only good for beer that is to be served in the event cup (plastic pilsner cup w/Heineken label).

+ The two convenient stores that have received enhanced one day liquor licenses from the SLA and will be allowed to pour beer from cans into the sponsored cups as patrons leave the store.(this is new and solves a problem we had last year)

+ There will be bicycle officers assigned to all surrounding areas (Center Square, Hudson Park, Park South, Washington Park, Pine Hills) for the duration of the event. They will be responsible for quality of life enforcement outside of the event.

+ We have a dedicated police officer detail until 4am.

Parking Restrictions:

Emergency No Parking for September 21, 2013 - 5:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M.

Lark Street, both sides from Washington Avenue to Madison Avenue

Spring Street, both sides from Lark Street east to in front of and opposite #40 Spring St

Spring Street, both sides from Lark Street west to in front of and opposite #57 Spring St

State Street, both sides from Lark Street east to #341State St (north side) and #336 State St (south side)

State Street, both sides from Lark Street west to Willett Street (south side) and & 379 State St (north side)

Chestnut Street, both sides from Lark Street east to #157 Chestnut St (north side) & #162 Chestnut St (south side)

Lancaster Street, both sides from Lark Street to Willett St

Lancaster Street, both sides from Lark Street east to #203 Lancaster St (north side) & #200 Lancaster St (south side)

Jay Street, both sides from Lark Street east to #223 Jay St (north side) & #222 Jay St (south side)

Hudson Avenue, both sides from Lark Street west to Willett Street

Hudson Avenue, both sides from Lark Street east to #337 State St (north side) and #332 State St (south side)

Hamilton Street, both sides from lark Street east to #407 Hamilton St (north side) & #406 Hamilton St (south side)

Madison Avenue, north side from Lark Street east to #395 Madison Avenue; HANDICAP Parking on signs

Madison Avenue, north side from Lark Street west to Willett Street, write Performer Parking on signs

Washington Avenue, south side from Lark Street east to #170 Washington Avenue, HANDICAP Parking on signs at meter WLDS02-16. Performer Parking on signs at parking meter WLDS18-30

Road Closures:

September 21, 2013 from 5:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M. Lark Street between Washington Avenue and Madison Avenue Hudson Avenue between Lark Street and Willett Street Lancaster Street between Lark Street and Willett Street State Street between Willett Street and Lark Street The following roadways will be closed to all but local and emergency vehicles from 5:00 A.M.- 8:00 P.M. Spring Street from Dove Street to Henry Johnson Boulevard State Street from Lark Street to Dove Street Chestnut Street from Lark Street to Dove Street Lancaster Street from Dove Street to Lark Street Jay Street from Lark Street to Dove Street Hudson Avenue from Dove Street to Lark Street Hamilton Street from Dove Street to Lark Street Willett Street from Madison Avenue to State Street State Street from Henry Johnson Boulevard to Willett Street Residents of Center Square and Hudson Park can utilize the interior roadways of Washington Park for parking starting 5PM on Friday September 20, 2013. All vehicles must be removed from the interior park roadways by 6PM Sunday September 22, 2013. Violators are subject to ticketing and or tow. Motorists not attending Lark Fest should expect delays and consider alternate routes during this event.

Comments

Every year, Lark Fest brings a significant amount of violence, destruction, and chaos to the Center Square area. My neighbors have experienced assault, our property has been vandalized, and we have been left to contend with the trash, vomit, sh*t, and urine left behind. Each year, many of us pray for rain because it's clear that the city is unable to manage festivals of this sort.

Barry T., I'm with you on this. I look forward to this event with a mix of dread and revulsion based on the same experiences you've had.

I'm glad to hear there are no open containers allowed. Oh, wait, there are open containers allowed as long as they are in a specially branded corporate cup.

That makes sense. It would be very hard for someone to get hard liquor into one of those and perhaps consume large amounts of alcohol.

Heineken!

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