Saturday, August 25, 2007

Covington Riverfest Rules

Plans for the biggest party of the year are well under way. From the city, some rules of the road for Riverfest:

Areas of Covington, Kentucky with restricted access during the Riverfest Fireworks include: Downtown Covington north of 4th Street; DevouPark; Drees Pavilion; Kenton Hills; The Bluffs Condominiums and the Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood (north of 4th & east of Madison).

Please be advised that if you, your building, your organization, etc. will be hosting an event/party in or near the impact areas of the Riverfest event and will be having guests needing to enter the area, you must:

1) Provide your guest list to the Police Department prior to the day of the event;

2) Provide a contact name and phone number for someone that can be reached at the
time of the event, in case a problem arises.

It is also advisable that you provide your expected guests with the information below describing the rules and procedures for the day of Riverfest.

The contact at the Police Department this year is:

Sgt. Dave Finan, Jr. 859-292-2252 office and 859-760-2252 cell

Additional Information:

Madison Avenue will remain open to allow access to public parking lots and garages until they are full or 5:00 PM, whichever occurs first. Once the parking lots and garages have reached full capacity, Madison Avenue will be closed to through traffic north of 4th Street. (Exceptions are: TANK bus servicing the transit center, invitation holders to the Corporex function, or Metropolitan Club and hotel guests with room keys and parking passes.)

Rivercenter Blvd. will also be closed west of Madison.

Handicapped Accommodations: Handicapped Access will be available on Madison Avenue at all times. Transportation of handicapped/disabled persons from public parking lots and garages or from the Command Post (at the Convention Center, Rivercenter Blvd & Madison Ave) to their destinations will be provided by the Police Department. If this accommodation is necessary for you or your guests, please call Sgt. Finan on his cell phone at 859-760-2252 and they will make arrangements to pick the person up and take them to their destination.


Covington is alcohol-free in all public places in the Impact Area. Anyone wishing to bring alcohol to a private party must have it into the restricted area before 5:00 pm. At 5:00 pm the Police will begin checking all coolers and will not allow anyone with alcohol to enter - private party or not.


Ø No Glass containers
Ø No Bicycles, Roller Blades, or Roller Skates
Ø No Skateboards
Ø No Fireworks
Ø No Pets are permitted in the area
Ø Coolers will be checked at checkpoints
Ø No Motorized Vehicles are permitted on the floodwall area
Ø NO VENDORS are permitted in the Restricted Area

1. All streets north of 4th street and east of Madison Ave. are closed to all vehicular traffic at 5:00 p.m. (Ok, they say 5:00 p.m., but last year they closed much earlier; I know because my guests were told to turn their car around. If you live in a restricted area and you're having a party, have your friends arrive early.)

2. The Suspension Bridge will be closed to all vehicular (except Tank Buses) and pedestrian traffic at 5:00 p.m. The bridge will re-open when Safety Officials determine it is safe to do so.

3. The Clay Wade Bailey Bridge will close to pedestrian traffic at 5:00 p.m. It will close to vehicular traffic at 8:00 p.m.

4. Certain areas within the Impact Area will be posted as "No Parking Tow Away Zones". Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed starting at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 2, 2007.

5. Devou Park/Kenton Hills and the Bluffs condo complex will have restricted traffic beginning at 12:00 noon. Access to these areas will be restricted to residents and guests only.

6. Vehicles will not be permitted to leave the Impact Area until authorized by Safety Officials. The safe evacuation of the pedestrian trafficleaving the Riverside Drive viewing area will be their first concern. The Safety Officials will coordinate the traffic movement as soonas all pedestrians have safely cleared the area.

Be safe and have fun at Riverfest this year!