Groton parking changes for OpSail parade, fireworks announced

City of Groton police have announced parking regulations for two OpSail events.

Parade of Sail

The Parade of Sail begins at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Thames River, rain or shine. Starting at 8 a.m., Shore Avenue will become a pedestrian mall, police Chief Bruno Giulini said. Streets intersecting Shore Avenue will be barricaded at both ends.

Also, officers will be stationed on Meech Avenue, Central Avenue and Tyler Avenue where each intersects with Eastern Point Road. There will be barricades on Shore Avenue where it intersects with Tyler, Hillside and Central avenues, but those intersections will not be manned by police, Giulini said.

Parking on these barricaded streets will be limited strictly to residents and their guests. Special guest passes can be obtained at the City of Groton Police Department or by contacting Sgt. Scott Sanford at (860) 445-2451.

Giulini also said the discharge of any fireworks by an individual or group without a state permit is a violation of the law and will be acted upon appropriately.

Saturday fireworks

The Sailfest fireworks display will take place at 9:20 p.m. Saturday. Thames Street will become a pedestrian mall at 6 p.m., with no vehicular traffic allowed until the conclusion of the fireworks.

There will be no parking allowed on Thames Street from Bridge Street to Allen Street during that time frame. Vehicles violating the parking restriction order will be towed at the owner's expense, Giulini said.

Posted parking restrictions will go into effect at 8 a.m. Saturday on Thames Street and at 3 p.m. on surrounding streets. All intersections at Thames Street between Bridge and Allen streets will be barricaded at 6 p.m.

The rain date for the fireworks is Sunday. If necessary, the parking restrictions will take effect on that date, Giulini said.


Special Report: OpSail 2012


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