Oct. 3 Fore!Fest will close streets in Historic Dublin
An Oct. 3 celebration of the Presidents Cup will have a few of Dublin's main roads closed for seven hours.
Fore!Fest will bring a festival to Historic Dublin Oct. 3, closing down a portion of Bridge and High streets from 4 to 11 p.m. as music, street performers, food and other activities take to the streets.
"This is the first time in as long as I can remember of closing Bridge and High (streets) for an event like this," said Alison LeRoy, Dublin events manager.
"That alone will let people know something is going on," she said.
"I'm glad the Presidents Cup came to us for this event," Leroy said. "It's really a street festival where we are fencing in the area of Historic Dublin and during that time we'll have entertainment at multiple venues in the district.
"In the fenced in area we'll have beer trucks, food trucks and you can walk around."
Fore!Fest will shut down Bridge Street between Riverside Drive and Corbins Mill Drive and High Street from Indian Run Drive to Waterford Drive to the south from 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 3.
City officials estimate about 10,000 vehicles travel Bridge Street between 4 and 10 p.m. on an average weekday.
Dublin staff is working to get the word out about the road closures to keep traffic running smoothly.
A letter went out last week to Historic Dublin residents and more communication is planned through city social media platforms, fliers, press releases and electronic message boards, said Jodi Andes, senior public information officer for Dublin.
"We're going to contact all major employers in the area and have a public meeting Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Dublin Community Church on Bridge Street," Andes said.
"We wanted to have a public meeting to take questions and talk it through with local residents," she said.
Dublin will work to notify people who work outside of Historic Dublin and the city as well.
"We'll talk to people even as far as Honda because you may live in Dublin and work in Marysville," Andes said. "We'll stretch communications from Worthington to Marysville."
During the closures detour signs will be posted and drivers can use Emerald Parkway, Post Road, Interstate 270, Frantz Road and Rings Road to get around the festival.
"We want to thank people in advance for their cooperation for this," Andes said.
"Having a great international event coming to Dublin is an exciting opportunity.
"We're glad to be able to show off Dublin," Andes said.
"We ask for understanding for this one night of celebration."
People headed to Fore!Fest can park at Metro Center, Wendy's corporate headquarters or the former Digger and Fitch restaurant parking lot on Riverside Drive. Andes said shuttles will be used to transport people to the event.
Handicapped parking will be available in a downtown lot, Andes said, and bike parking will be available at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library on North High Street.
Plans are still being solidified for Fore!Fest, but LeRoy said at least three stages will provide entertainment including the Reaganomics, Ladies of Longford and groups from Dublin City Schools.
"You can stop in a restaurant or pick something up at a food truck and get around and see what's there," LeRoy said.
"We'll have strolling entertainment and stuff going on hopefully everywhere you look."
More information about road closures and Fore!Fest will soon be posted on Dublin's website at dublin ohiousa.gov.