Heavy Traffic Expected, Come Up With a Travel & Parking Plan for Wings Over Vermont


Fifty to 80 thousand visitors are expected to descend upon Burlington next weekend for some exciting aerial acts.  After a decade, Wings Over Vermont is back in the Green Mountain State.

Most know it’s hard enough to get around Downtown Burlington on a normal day.  That’s why folks are being encouraged to come up with a parking and travel plan now.

“They’re doing well, a little stressed because everything’s coming together at this point, but the good news is that we’re in the execution phase,” said Wings Over Vermont Chairman Phillip Murdock.  A retired Vermont National Guard member himself, he’s been a part of the Wings Over team for years.  he says it’s nearly go time for his crew.

Years of planning will culminate in a free, two-day Airshow next weekend.  “It’s the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Air Guard and it’s an opportunity for both the community to thank the military members and their families for their service and sacrifice over the years, it’s also an opportunity for them to thank the community for their support,” added Murdock.

Tents will soon go up and Burlington’s Great Lawn will transform into the hub of the action, with vendors and Airshow displays.

Murdock is encouraging people to think about transportation and parking *Now*.  “What we are encouraging is people to use our satellite parking.  The satellite parking set up in two primary locations.  One on the southern end towards the old Kmart and Burton Snowboards has been gracious enough to loan us their parking lot,” said Murdock.

For a 20 dollar vehicle fee you can park in those lots and ride a shuttle right to the Waterfront.  The money is going to benefit two non-profits, the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.

With 50 thousand plus people expected over the two days, Downtown parking will go fast.  “It’s a great event for the city, it’s going to bring in thousands spectators and the PD stand ready to adequately police this event,” said Deputy Chief Shawn Burke.  He says nearly every officers will be available that weekend.  They’re running security as well as traffic detail.  “Be patient because it’s going to take a lot of time once the show lets out around 4:00,” he added.

Burke agrees satellite parking is the best option with 85 percent of Downtown parking taken on a typical day.  He says Battery Street will be completely closed during show times both days as well.

So make a plan and get down to the waterfront.  “It’s been 10 years since it’s been down here and we don’t know when it’s coming back.  There’s no better place in the country to view and Airshow then where we’re standing right now,” said Murdock, admiring Burlington’s Waterfront.

Opening ceremonies are set for 11:00 August 13th and 14th.

Click the link for more parking information for your car and boat, and for a detailed list of Airshow Do’s and Don’ts.

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