Certain streets in downtown Arroyo Grande will be closed this weekend in anticipation of the annual Strawberry Festival, which attracts between 20,000 and 40,000 people to the downtown Village area.
Detour routes and designated parking areas will be in place, and additional police officers will be on hand, according to a news release from the Arroyo Grande Police Department.
Starting at 10 a.m. Friday, the parking lot north of Branch Street and east of Nevada Street will be closed through Sunday at 6 p.m. Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, the Centennial Park between Mason, Nelson and Short streets will be closed through Sunday at 6 p.m.
In addition, Branch Street will be closed between Traffic Way and Mason Street; Bridge Street will be closed between Branch Street and Traffic Way; and Nelson Street will be closed between Traffic Way and Mason Street from 6 a.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday.
Branch Mill Road between Tanner Lane and Garden Street will be closed on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the annual Strawberry Stampede run.
No vehicles will be permitted to enter the closed areas during the festival. Vehicles found in violation of no parking restrictions posted throughout the Village will be cited and towed. A detour route will be clearly marked.
Also, free bus transportation will pick up passengers from the Arroyo Grande Community Center and Women’s Club on West Branch Street at Vernon Street; Saint Patrick’s Catholic School on Rodeo Drive at West Branch Street; and the Arroyo Grande High School parking lot on Fair Oaks Avenue and Valley Road.
Questions about the police department’s plan should be directed to Cmdr. Beau Pryor at 473-5126.