The Second Annual Stroll on State Street will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 and is anticipated to bring approximately 30,000 to the downtown area.
When planning your travels for Saturday, please keep the following tips in mind: East State Street between 3rd St. and Main St, and Wyman St. from Elm St. to Mulberry St. will be closed to motorists starting at 6:00 a.m. The roads will remain closed all day on Saturday and will reopen at 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning.
Local businesses in the downtown area will all be open during this event. Motorists are urged to use Jefferson St. from the East and Chestnut St. from the West to access the many events in the downtown area including Handel's Messiah Concert at Trinity Lutheran, as well as the Moe Pitney concert at Memorial Hall.
Event parking in all the parking deck structures will be available at a flat rate of $5.00 per vehicle. There are many surface lots and on street parking available at no cost.
The Rockford Mass Transit District has partnered with the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to offer free park and ride shuttle service to the downtown event area from two locations beginning at 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
The YMCA parking lot at Madison St. & Y Blvd., and the Heartland Community Church Parking lot at Alpine & Newberg Rd. Those attending any of the events downtown are encouraged to use this service to avoid congestion and enjoy their event experience.
Volunteers will be at both locations to guide patrons. Proper traffic control devices will be in place and motorists are urged to use caution while driving in the area due to increased pedestrian traffic. If you have specific questions regarding the event, contact organizer Tana Vettore at (815)623-3772. For specific road closure information contact Kelly Nokes, Assistant Operations Manager, City of Rockford Public Works at (815) 967-6915.