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Azalea Festival: Downtown parking info


WILMINGTON -- If you're heading to any of the Azalea Festival events this weekend one of the biggest challenges you may face is parking. At 6:45 a.m. Saturday police are shutting down Front, Third and Market Streets. But don't worry, there are ways to get around. Chestnut Street will be open as a way to get to the parking garages on Second Street. The garages will cost $5. Make sure you get into downtown early -- the access to the parking garages will close at 8:15 sharp. If you want to avoid parking all together, ride the bus. Park near Sears at Independence Mall and you'll be dropped off at Second and Dock Street. That will cost just $1. The bus will operate in seven minute intervals, between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. On-street parking downtown is free after 5:00 p.m. on Friday and free all day Saturday and Sunday. The parking decks will cost $5 per day.

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I took the bus from the mall to downtown for the festivities. And was delighted. WAVE transit had a few buses running this route up to 2pm. Straight from the mall to 2nd & Dock and then from 2nd & Dock straight back to the mall. As long as they offer this service, I will once again use it. And by the way, what does handicapped have to do with this???? RE-read your comment and notice how much sense it doesn't make. Thanks WAVE transit for giving many of us the opportunity to avoid the parking and traffic difficulties during such times. Keep up the good work.

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The bus will operate in seven minute intervals, between 7:00 a.m

What is this? You mean If the handicapped in wheel chairs and has no other way to travel. After 50 years of the Azalea Festival weekend being a part of their lives each year. If they have to get a ride to the mall to catch the bus. They might as well ask the driver to take them downtown and drop them off. This new wave transit bus routes is really crappy. Yes, there are a few good things . But, over all when you look at it. The ones that really needed the bus route and buses was cut off. In order to get to the new stops. There are more negative things now than what there was before. My opinion and vote is Wave needs to go back to the ole bus routes to increase the number of people that needs to rely on the buses to the ones that doesn’t. Just my 2 cents

N.C. Azalea Festival at Wilmington

For those people who have never been to an Azalea Festival in Wilmington, N.C., you are missing a treat. For five days, there is so much to do, and become a part of. Once you've attended the North Carolina Azalea Festival, you most certainly want to mark your calender for next years Azalea Festival. Ron Morine. Washington, D.C.