The Kenosha Tall Ships Festival and the Pike River Rendezvous will result in changes to traffic patterns near Kenosha’s lakefront through the weekend.
The tall ships festival begins today and continues through Sunday at Kenosha’s harbor. The Pike River Rendezvous will be Friday through Sunday on Simmons Island.
Traffic will be directed one way eastbound on 56th Street, beginning at Third Avenue, proceeding counter-clockwise around Calabria Way, and westbound only on 54th Street from Calabria Way to Sixth Avenue. The one-way traffic pattern will continue until 10 p.m. Sunday.
Temporary no-parking signs will be posted at areas along the route to facilitate the one way traffic flow.
Sixth Avenue will be closed starting at 3 p.m. today between 52nd Street and 54th Street during the opening ceremonies for the Tall Ships Festival during the evening Peanut Butter & Jam Concert. Sixth Avenue will re-open after the concert by 10 p.m.
Free shuttle services operated by Kenosha Transit will be offered Friday through Sunday.
The shuttle will provide rides between the festival grounds and the Sail Away Village near the Kenosha Yacht Club.
The shuttle route goes between the Kenosha Yacht Club and the west entrance gate.
Shuttle stops are located near 54th Street and Sixth Avenue (east side of Sixth Avenue); at 50th Street and Seventh Avenue (east side of Seventh Avenue), and at the Sail Away Village near the Kenosha Yacht Club.
Those holding sail-away tickets are encouraged to park east of the Dream Playground at Petzke Park, 2820 14th Ave., in the fenced Carthage College lot. A free shuttle will drop off riders at the Sail Away Village near the Kenosha Yacht Club, 5130 Fourth Ave.
Additional parking is available at Indian Trail High School, 6800 60th St. A free shuttle will pick up visitors every 15 minutes and take them to the west entrance gate of the festival at Sixth Avenue and 54th Street.
Access to the beach at Simmons Island is limited to only non-motorized traffic (such as walking or bicycling through the park). The park road also is closed at the north entrance to the park via Kennedy Drive.
Fourth Avenue remains open today, including vehicle access to the Kenosha Yacht Club and Kenosha History Center parking areas.
Starting Friday, there will be no vehicle access or parking on Simmons Island. Barricades will be staffed, and vehicle access will be restricted. People may visit the Pike River Rendezvous, but there is no programming or horse and carriage rides.
People with Sail Away tickets may access the Sail Away village by foot, or by taking a shuttle.
On Saturday and Sunday, There will be no vehicle access or parking on Simmons Island for the public. Pike River Rendezvous is open with programming.
People may access the Rendezvous area by foot or by one of the shuttles available.
A limited amount of parking is available at Kennedy Park, accessed at 44th Street east of Fifth Ave. Parking also is available as posted on residential streets near the park.
A free horse-and-carriage shuttle will operate from Kennedy Park to the festival entrance at Simmons Island.
Only residents of Fourth Avenue, the Coast Guard, and those with business at the Kenosha Water Utility and Kenosha Yacht Club will be allowed to drive vehicles on the island.
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