The thirty-seventh annual Hyde Park Street Fair is in full swing. The event offers a combination of food vendors, musicians, and entertainment for everyone. Because the event is enjoyed by so many people, parking may be hard to find.
"I remember coming last year and seeing, I mean I know that it was just bumper to bumper parking all the way around, so we're probably going to walk I'm guessing," said Jeanie Zancanella, street fair attendee.
Street parking near Camel’s Back Park is used most often by people who live nearby. Some homeowners even block off the street in front of their homes during the event. With all the congestion, street fair attendees are encouraged find alternatives to driving.
"We do have a local church up the road which does do vans throughout the whole event and they drop off right here on Thirteenth and Heron Street," said Blinda Hritz, event security guard.
The First Baptist Church at 13th and Washington offers free parking and shuttle rides to and from Camel’s Back Park. Festival regulars know planning ahead makes life easier.
"But there's been times when I would have to park six blocks away and you just know that that's something you're just going to have to deal with," said Jan Rowe, street fair attendee.
Making the trip on two wheels is recommended. The Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance is manning a secure valet parking corral where bikes can be dropped off for free. For those needing a little assistance, drop off areas are clearly marked and there are plenty of handicapped parking.
The annual party is a fundraiser for the North End Neighborhood Association. More than 30,000 people are expected to come out to the fair. Everything runs until about 10 on Friday and Saturday and wraps up Sunday evening.