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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Big Summer Solstice Weekend Ahead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
6/18/2009  5:50:00 PM
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Big Summer Solstice Weekend Ahead
Plan On Possible Traffic Delays

SEATTLE - This Sunday, June 21, is the first day of summer, otherwise known as the Summer Solstice. In celebration of the beginning of summer, there is a wide range of events taking place across the city. The Fremont business district will be packed this weekend with the annual Fremont Summer Solstice Parade, Festival and Street Fair. Also crowds in the thousands are expected to turn out for the LiveStrong Challenge taking place in and around the Seattle Center, the All Nations Cup Parade through downtown, and the Seattle Mariners games at Safeco Field.

The Seattle Department of Transportation reminds motorists to plan for possible delays associated with these events and encourages everyone to leave the car at home and consider an alternate mode of travel - ride a bike, take the bus, or if feasible, walk.

Events details and street closures are as follows:

Friday, June 19

Juneteenth Festival: 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Pratt Park - 20th Ave E and E Yesler Way
1,000 (per day)

Seattle Storm versus Minnesota Lynx: 7 p.m. Seattle Center, Key Arena
Traffic prior to and after the game will likely be heavier on streets surrounding the Seattle Center and between the I-5 Mercer ramps and the center grounds.

Seattle Mariners versus the Arizona Diamondbacks: 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
31,000 expected
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the stadium before and after the game. S Royal Brougham Way, which is closed for SR 519 construction between Fourth Avenue and Occidental, will be open two hours before to two hours after the game to accommodate game traffic.

Saturday, June 20

Juneteenth Festival: 10:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Pratt Park - 20th Ave S and Yesler Way
1,000 (per day)

Juneteenth Parade: 11:30 a.m.
500 expected
Rolling slowdowns with Seattle Police escort. Parade starts at 25th Avenue and E Alder; heads west on Alder to 23rd Avenue; the south on 23rd to Yesler Way; west on Yesler to 20th Avenue S; and south on 20th Avenue into Pratt Park.

Republic of Viet-Nam Armed Forces Day Parade: 11 am.
1,000 expected
Rolling slowdowns with a Seattle Police escort. Parade starts at 20th Avenue S and S Jackson Street and heads west on S Jackson to Eighth Avenue S.

Seattle Police East Precinct Picnic : 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
850 expected
Street closure: 12th Avenue between E Pike Street and E Pine Street

Juneteenth Festival: 10:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Pratt Park - 20th Ave S and Yesler Way
1,000 (per day)

Fremont Street Fair 2009: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
50,000 expected
Street closures: throughout the Fremont neighborhood from First Avenue NW to Fremont Avenue N and 36th Avenue N to the Canal from 1 p.m. on Friday to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Fremont Summer Solstice Parade: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
17,000 attending
Starts at N 39th and Leary Way heads east on 39th to Fremont Place N, south on Fremont Avenue N, east on N 34th, south on Stone Way N, east on N Northlake Way and Place and enters Gasworks Park.

Fremont Summer Solstice Festival: 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
1,500+ attending
Gas Works Park

Seattle Mariners versus Arizona Diamondbacks : 7:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
36,000 expected
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the stadium before and after the game. S Royal Brougham Way, which is closed for SR 519 construction between Fourth Avenue and Occidental, will be open from two hours before to two hours after the game to accommodate game traffic.

Sunday, June 21

LiveStrong Challenge: 7 a.m.
Bike Rides - several, the first starting at 7 a.m.
2,500 participants
Street closures lasting roughly 20 minutes: leaving Seattle Center, bicyclists head south on Second Avenue to Vine Street; east on Vine to Fifth Avenue; south on Fifth to Airport Way S. and finally onto the I-90 Express Lanes. More info: http://www.livestrongchallenge.org/site/c.frKPI1PAIoE/b.3935399

LiveStrong Challenge: 8 a.m.
5K run & walk - 8 a.m.
2,500 participants;
Street closures: leaving the Seattle Center grounds, participants head south on Second Avenue N. to Denny Way; west on Denny to First Avenue N; north on First to Mercer Street; east on Mercer to Ninth Avenue; north on Ninth to Broad Street; west on Broad to Denny Way; west on Denny to First Avenue; north on First to Republican Street; east on Republican to Warren Avenue N; north on Warren to Mercer Street; east on Mercer to Second; south on Second back onto Seattle Center grounds. Streets will reopen when run is finished.

Summer Sundays on Pike Place: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1,000 attending
Streets closed: Pike, Pine and Stewart streets between First Avenue and Pike Place and Pike Place adjacent to the market.

Juneteenth Festival: 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Pratt Park - 20th Avenue E and E Yesler Way
1,000 (per day)

Fremont Street Fair 2009: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
50,000 attending
Street closures throughout the Fremont neighborhood from First Avenue NW to Fremont Avenue N and 36th Avenue N to the Canal from 1 p.m. on Friday to 11:30 p.m.on Sunday.

All Nations Cup Parade: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Downtown Seattle (42 local soccer teams will represent the country heritage of their communities)
6,000 expected
Parade route: Starts at Fourth Avenue and Dilling Way, heads north up Fourth Avenue to Westlake Park.; police will escort with streets closing as the parade passes by on Fourth Avenue.

Mountains to Sound Relay: Noon - 7 p.m.
1,200 expected
100 mile relay race for teams and individuals starting at Log Boom Park in Kenmore and ending in Seattle at Golden Gardens Park (portions of the Burke-Gilman Trail will be used).

Seattle Mariners versus Arizona Diamondbacks: 1:10 p.m.
Safeco Field
32,000 expected
Expect heavy traffic surrounding the stadium before and after the game. S Royal Brougham Way, which is closed for SR 519 construction between Fourth Avenue and Occidental, will be open two hours before to two hours after the game to accommodate game traffic.

For traffic on major city streets, check SDOT’s real-time traffic Traveler’s Information Map at www..seattle.gov/travelers

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.


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