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Info on street closures and cooling centers for Meridian event

Posted: 3:09 PM, Jun 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-29 19:52:29Z
Celebrate Meridian Event Information
Celebrate Meridian Event Information
Celebrate Meridian Event Information

"Celebrate Meridian" is a festival and food truck rally taking part in Meridian Township on Saturday, June 30.

Due to the event, there will be street closures we want the public to be aware of.

The Meridian Township Municipal Main Lot will be closed on Friday, June 29 to set up for the Celebrate Meridian event on Saturday, June 30. Central Park Drive will be closed to through traffic between Marsh Road and Okemos Road from 6:00 pm Friday, June 29 until conclusion of the Celebrate Meridian event on June 30.

The Meridian Farmers’ Market will be located at the Meridian Mall from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 30 near Studio C.

Friday, June 29:
Accessible Parking is available at the Municipal Complex at the side lot to the south of the Municipal Building, the small lot near the Historical Village and the Nokomis Learning Center lot.

General Parking is available during normal business hours from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at the small lot near the Historical Village and the grassy area to the east of the Nokomis Learning Center.

Saturday, June 30:
Accessible Parking is available at the small lot near the Historical Village and the grassy area to the east of the Nokomis Learning Center. These lots can be accessed from the Marsh Road Entrance of the Municipal Complex only.

Historical Village Docents’ designated parking, with parking passes, will be at the Nokomis Learning Center.

The Farmers’ Market, Okemos Post Office, Studio C and Meridian Mall can be accessed off Marsh Road from the Okemos entrance. These locations are also accessible from Grand River Ave. and mall entrance points along Marsh Road.

General Parking for the Celebrate Meridian event is available at the Meridian Mall Parking Lot.

The heat index this weekend is reading from 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of that, Meridian Township will have designated cooling centers over the weekend during the festival.

The Town Hall located at 5151 Marsh Road is a designated cooling center during the event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Meridian Mall will be available for cooling off from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 30.

“With heat indexes reaching into the 90’s, prolonged exposure could be dangerous. We want residents to be aware of designated Cooling Centers to escape from the heat,” stated Assistant Chief of Police Ken Plaga.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists these ways to stay cool during hot, hot temperatures:
• Wear loose fitting and lightweight clothing.
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
• Limit outdoor activity and move to indoor locations with air conditioning.
• Cut down on exercising during the heat.
• Do not leave children and pets in cars.
• Avoid hot and heavy meals.
• Walk your dog on the grass if possible.

“We are working hard to provide additional shade, fans, misting stations, water stations, and air-conditioned baby changing stations and nursing area, and water sprinklers for the 'Celebrate' event. We want everyone to be safe while enjoying the festival,” stated Director of Parks and Recreation LuAnn Maisner.