One ride Foothills Fall Festival organizers hope most everyone takes advantage of at the festival won’t be found on any “Thriller” list. It will, however, make the festival more enjoyable.
“We really encourage people to park at Foothills Mall and use the free shuttle service,” City of Maryville events coordinator Jane Groff said. “We do provide parking at the mall and have service to get to and from the festival site. We also have trolleys that run within the festival that help people get from one area to another.”
Groff said there are some places around town using parking lots for fundraising. “Folks can park in those areas. Those are privately owned parking lots, and guests will probably have to pay,” she said. “There are some municipal lot that have spaces but those fill up early.”
Regarding accessibility for the disabled, Groff said there are two handicapped accessible buses that will be running from the mall to the different points of the festival and gates designated for people with disabilities. “We have gates for people with disabilities to enter in and exit more easily,” she said.
There also are sections in the theater that are wheelchair accessible. “We get 50 or so calls before each festival about wheelchair accessible areas. We do have two areas in the theater. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one guest and one companion each,” she said.
The City of Maryville also closes some streets in preparation and during the festival:
Closures beginning Wednesday, Oct. 8
• The top level of the parking garage on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Cusick Street will close at 5 p.m. The lot is located across the street from Sullivan’s Restaurant.
• The public parking lot next to the Blount County Courthouse on Lamar Alexander Parkway and Court Circle will close at 5 p.m.
Closures beginning Thursday, Oct. 9
• Broadway Avenue from Cates Street to College Street closes at 4 p.m.
• North Court Street from Harper Avenue to McCammon Avenue closes at 4 p.m.
• Cusick Street from Harper Avenue through Court Circle to West Lamar Alexander Parkway will close for the entire weekend beginning at 4 p.m.
• The parking lot at Founder’s Park in between CBBC and Preservation Plaza will close at 5 p.m.
• McCammon Avenue from Harper Avenue to Cusick Street will close at 5 p.m.
Closures beginning Friday, Oct. 10
• McCammon Avenue from Cusick Street to McGhee Street will close at 11 a.m.
Parking Lots/ Garages
• The bottom two levels of the parking garage with the entrance on Harper Avenue will remain open to the public. The top two levels will be reserved for vendors with the Festival beginning Friday morning and remaining through the weekend.
• The public parking lot next to The Daily Times on Harper Avenue will be closed at 5 p.m. on Thursday for the remainder of the weekend.
• The bottom two levels of the parking lot across from Ruby Tuesday Corporate will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.