It’s going to take a hike to get to a march in downtown Charlottesville next weekend as city officials on Thursday announced more temporary parking restrictions and the closing of city buildings and facilities.
That includes the cancellation of the popular Charlottesville City Market on Aug. 11, officials said.
“With input from the Virginia State Police, the Charlottesville Police Department and the Charlottesville Fire Department, Interim City Manager Mike Murphy has determined that it is essential for the safety of persons and property that adjustments be made to city operations, city-sponsored events, vehicular traffic and parking restrictions,” Brian Wheeler, city communications director, said in a prepared statement.
Murphy has decided to shutter City Hall, the City Hall Annex and other downtown city offices beginning at 2 p.m. Aug. 10, Wheeler said.
Public access to those locations will be limited beginning Tuesday. City Hall will only have public access through the Main Street/Downtown Mall main door and the annex will have access to the public only through the Market Street entrance.
All city parks and recreation facilities will be closed Saturday and Sunday. This includes the Carver Recreation Center, Key Recreation Center, Tonsler Recreation Center, Smith Aquatic and Fitness Center, Onesty Family Aquatic Center, Washington Park Pool, Meadowcreek Golf Course and the spray grounds at Tonsler, Belmont, Forest Hills and Greenleaf Parks.
Most of downtown between McIntire Road and Avon Street on the east and west and Water Street and High Street on the south and north either will be closed to thru-traffic or restricted to local traffic with no on-street parking permitted, according to plans released by the city.
Parking will be limited on the streets immediately surrounding the Friendship Court neighborhood on sections of Monticello Avenue, Garrett Street, Second Street Southeast and Sixth Street Southeast.
The Market Street Parking Garage will be closed to the public and open only to permit holders and those downtown residents who are losing their usual parking spaces due to the restrictions. The Water Street Parking Garage will remain open to the public and for handicapped parking.
Some roads will be accessible only to those who live or have businesses on the street, Wheeler said in the statement. The streets will have access controlled by police or other authorities.
“Only those living and working in businesses in those immediate areas will have access,” he said. “Residents and business owners/employees who will need to access these points of entry must be prepared to confirm the address of their destination at the entry point.”
The city previously announced a slew of road closures, traffic restrictions and parking prohibitions, which can be viewed at the Resilient Charlottesville page on the city’s website, www.charlottesville.org. Those changes will now begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 and continue through 6 a.m. Aug. 13.