Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Riverside Arts and Music Fest Has Classy New Look; Still Free

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Riverside Arts and Music Fest Has Classy New Look; Still Free

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Festivalgoers won't have to dodge cracks in the sidewalk as

they stroll among the wares at Riverside Park this weekend.

They'll have more elbow room between booths.

And there'll be more ducks to watch cavorting in the redesigned

duck pond.

The 25th annual edition of the Riverside Arts and Music

Festival will be a chance to show off the newly refurbished

park.

"It's already a great location," said Michael Corrigan,

chairman of Riverside Avondale Preservation, the festival's

sponsor. "But it's been enhanced, and that will make traffic

flow remarkably easier."

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be 150 artists and crafters

from all over the Southeast displaying and selling their works.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fourteen antique dealers

also will be participating.

Visitors who haven't checked out the renovation of the

100-year-old park at Park and Post streets will find a

10-foot-wide sidewalk with decorative brick pavers around the

pond. The park's other sidewalks also have been restored and now

meet in a central brick-paved hub.

"Before the sidewalks were cracked and broken," Corrigan said.

"Now they are smooth and easily accessible for everybody

including disabled persons."

To protect the sidewalks, no vehicles will be allowed in the

park and artists will have to move their vehicles after

unloading, said Jo Pratt-Dannals, chairwoman of the Riverside

Park Restoration Coalition. There will be designated parking

lots available for artists and some festivalgoers.

The construction of the new Fuller Warren Bridge also will mean

a new route for some visitors traveling to the festival. The

northbound College Street exit ramp and Park Street between

Peninsular Place and Gilmore Street were closed Aug. 24. If

coming from the South, RAP is suggesting visitors use the Acosta

Bridge; from the north use Margaret Street or Riverside Avenue.

The state Department of Transportation will have detour routes

posted.

The festival is free, though about 20 vendors will be selling a

variety of foods. …

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