first_imgIn less than three short weeks up to 40 tall ships will sail intoHalifax Harbour, marking the start of the biggest event inHalifax this summer. More than 700,000 people are expected tovisit the waterfront for Tall Ships Challenge 2004 — A Salute tol’Acadie, from July 29 to Aug. 2. “We are expecting many visitors to the downtown core for the tallships festivities, and we want people to know that although itwill be busy, we are ready,” said Eric Thomson, chair of theWaterfront Development Corporation. “In order to accommodate theincreased pedestrian traffic and entertainment tents that will beset up on the waterfront, there will be a number of streetclosures and parking bans in place. We are reminding people thata few provisions may have to be made to travel plans, and toexpect a great time.” Lower Water Street, between George and Salter streets, and Princeand Sackville streets (at Bedford Row) will be closed from 6 2 a.m. on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30. These streetswill remain closed on Saturday, July 31, Sunday, Aug. 1, andMonday, Aug. 2 between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. Northbound traffic onLower Water Street will be detoured left onto Morris Street,except local traffic. Parking will not be permitted in many ofthe waterfront parking lots (monthly parkers are asked to pleasecheck with the property managers), and parking will be limited atmeters in the downtown area. “We are encouraging everyone to use the public transportationsystem available in Halifax Regional Municipality,” said LoriPatterson, Metro Transit, public affairs manager. “Metro Transitwill be offering enhanced bus and ferry services over the five-day event. It makes a lot of sense to take advantage of the parkand ride locations all around metro.” There will be 13 park and ride locations available during TallShips Challenge 2004, most of which will be free. Scheduled busservice will be supplemented with extra buses as needed, andferry service will operate 24 hours a day. Up-to-date information on transportation, parking, streetclosures and other general information relating to Tall ShipsChallenge 2004 is available on the Halifax Regional Municipalitywebsite at , or by calling HalifaxRegional Municipality’s Customer Call Centre at 902-490-4000.More information about the Tall Ships Challenge 2004 is availableon the province’s website at and onCBC’s website at . Tall Ships Challenge 2004 — A Salute to l’Acadie is presented bythe Waterfront Development Corporation. The event is sponsored bythe Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, GrouTyme Acadian Festival, Aliant, Atlantic Lottery Corporation,Alexander Keith’s, Sobeys, Ford, Casino Nova Scotia, CaptainMorgan, The Chronicle Herald, McCain, Pepsi, Trade CentreLimited, CanJet, Halifax Port Authority, Bishop’s Landing,Atlantic Photo Supply, Peller Estates, and Ombrelle. CBC is alsoa sponsor and the host broadcaster of the event.last_img