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Eclipse Brings 50,000 to Carbondale

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 - 4:01pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 22, 2017

ECLIPSE BRINGS 50,000 TO CARBONDALE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale estimates approximately 50,000 people came to Carbondale to see the total solar eclipse on August 21.

The Carbondale Eclipse Marketplace, Family Fun Zone and Shadow Fest all saw an increase in attendance throughout the weekend as more people arrived in town leading up to the eclipse.

“Thanks to long-term planning, we had a very successful event in Carbondale. We had people in attendance from all parts of the world. We’re looking forward to doing this again in seven years,” said Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry.

Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams said, “I’m extremely proud of City staff, volunteers and the community for working so well together to host a successful event. Our hard work has prepared us well for future events and 2024.”

The Carbondale Police Department had no reports of any significant incidents related to the eclipse.

“Our eclipse planning came together with the assistance of all of our regional, state and federal public safety partners who each played a vital role in the single largest event Carbondale has ever experienced.  For the last four days, they worked hard to make sure our residents and visitors alike had a great and safe experience.  I am very proud of all of them,” said Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubbs.

The City looks forward to preparing for the next total solar eclipse in 2024.

 

City of Carbondale Encourages Goers to Use Shuttles

Friday, August 18th, 2017 - 8:10am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 17, 2017

THE CITY OF CARBONDALE ENCOURAGES ECLIPSE GOERS TO USE SHUTTLES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is encouraging all eclipse goers to leave the driving to the professionals during eclipse weekend.

West Bus Service will provide rides to City Hall from Carbondale Community High School, University Mall and near E.T. Simonds behind Oakland Cemetery.

Drivers can access the CCHS and University Mall parking lots from Giant City Road. The E.T. Simonds parking lot can be accessed from N. Illinois Avenue and Ready Mix Road.

Shuttles will pick up passengers on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-1 a.m., and on Monday, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $5 (cash) or $7 (credit card) per vehicle.

An interactive map with all of the parking locations is available online at http://www.carbondaleeclipse.com/get-around/.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

 

Update - Carbondale Eclipse Road Closures

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 - 2:06pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 17, 2017

UPDATE: CARBONDALE ECLIPSE ROAD CLOSURES 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE –The City of Carbondale would like to remind eclipse goers that all major roads in Carbondale will remain open during the eclipse.

Washington Street between Main and Walnut streets will be closed starting on Friday, August 18 at 7 a.m. due to preparations for Shadow Fest. The closure will remain in effect until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22.

A portion of W. Hospital Drive between S. Illinois and S. University avenues will also be closed starting on Friday, August 18 at 7 a.m. due to preparations for the Eclipse Marketplace. The closure will remain in effect until Monday, August 21 at 9 p.m.

Route 13, U.S. Highway 51, Illinois Avenue and all other main thoroughfares are planned to be open throughout eclipse weekend.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

 

Curbside Refuse and Recycling Service to Operate on Holiday Schedule Due to Eclipse

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 - 2:29pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 16, 2017

CURBSIDE REFUSE AND RECYCLING SERVICE TO OPERATE ON HOLIDAY SCHEDULE DUE TO ECLIPSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE –The City of Carbondale’s curbside refuse and recycling service will operate on the holiday schedule during the week of August 21 due to the eclipse.

Monday’s routes will be on Tuesday, August 22, Tuesday’s routes will be on Wednesday, August 23 and so on.

Bag and bundle landscape waste will only be collected on Thursday, August 24.

If you have questions, contact the City’s Maintenance and Environmental Services Office at (618) 457-3275.

 

Carbondale Eclipse Road Closures

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 - 8:41am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August14, 2017

CARBONDALE ECLIPSE ROAD CLOSURES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale would like to remind eclipse goers that all major roads in Carbondale will remain open during the eclipse.

Washington Street between Main and Walnut Streets will be closed August 19-21 for Shadow Fest.

Route 13, U.S. Highway 51, Illinois Avenue and all other main thoroughfares are planned to be open throughout eclipse weekend.

If you have questions or would like more information about the event, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

 

Downtown Streetscape Ribbon Cutting & Cash Mob

Friday, August 11th, 2017 - 10:10am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 11, 2017

DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPE RIBBON CUTTING & CASH MOB


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is teaming up with the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Carbondale Main Street to celebrate the completion of the streetscape project along Illinois Avenue.

A ribbon cutting will be held on Friday, August 18 at 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Mill Street (Friendship Plaza).

Following the event, the community is invited to pull out their cash and support the local businesses along “The Strip” in an official cash mob.

If you have questions or would like more information about the event, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

CCHS Taking Nominations for First Responder Award

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 - 12:54pm

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 9, 2017

CCHS TAKING NOMINATIONS FOR FIRST RESPONDER AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Community High School is accepting nominations for its First Responder Award.

Every year, the school acknowledges the hard work and dedication of first responders throughout Jackson County at a home football game.

The CCHS Game Committee is asking community members, families and supervisors to nominate first responders who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Applications are available at Carbondale Community High School.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Thursday, August 17. The award will be presented at the game on Friday, September 8.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Police Officer Molly Harris at (618) 457-3371 or molly.harris@cchs165.com.

 

Eclipse Viewing Locations

Monday, August 7th, 2017 - 11:21am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 7, 2017

ECLIPSE VIEWING LOCATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – If you are still looking for the perfect place to view the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, there are a handful of locations in Carbondale to experience this once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Viewing locations include:

  • Southern Illinois University (1263 Lincoln Dr.)
  • Shadow Fest (Intersection of Washington St. and Rt. 13)
  • Eclipse Marketplace (509 S. University Ave.)
  • Family Fun Zone (120 N. Illinois Ave.)
  • Attucks Park (800 N. Wall St.)
  • Turley Park (1010 N. Glenview Dr.)
  • Parrish Park (2500 W. Sunset Dr.)
  • Super Splash Park (625 S. Lewis Ln.)
  • Evergreen Park (1205 W. Pleasant Hill Rd.)
  • Tatum Heights Park (402 S. Cedarview St.)
  • Brehm Preparatory School (950 S. Brehm Ln.)
  • Castle Park (31 Homewood Dr.)
  • Hickory Ridge Golf Course (2727 Glenn Rd.)

For more eclipse information, visit our website www.carbondaleeclipse.com or call Carbondale Tourism at (618) 529-4451.

City of Carbondale Teaming up with Mediacom to Offer Gigabit Broadband

Monday, August 7th, 2017 - 10:00am

NEWS RELEASE
City of Carbondale, Illinois
August 7, 2017

CITY OF CARBONDALE TEAMING UP WITH MEDIACOM TO OFFER GIGABIT BROADBAND

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale is excited to announce the arrival of new broadband technology to benefit Carbondale residents.

Mediacom is expanding its network to deliver 1-Gigabit-per-second Internet speeds in Carbondale.

The public is invited to learn more about this new technology on Wednesday, August 9 at 2 p.m. in Room 116 of the Carbondale Civic Center.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939.

Preparing for the Eclipse

Monday, July 31st, 2017 - 1:07pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CARBONDALE – With thousands expected in Carbondale for the eclipse, the City wants to remind businesses and residents to prepare ahead of time.

To avoid long lines and empty shelves, get your grocery shopping done a week or two in advance. Stock up on emergency supplies like batteries, flashlights and first aid kits.  Plan to pick up prescriptions early to avoid crowds.

Schedule your appointments at the beginning of the week. Traffic will begin picking up on Wednesday, August 16 for SIU move-in and will likely remain busy until the Tuesday after the eclipse.

If you have to drive during eclipse weekend, allow extra time to get to your destination. Traffic will be heavy, so plan accordingly.

For more eclipse information, visit www.carbondaleeclipse.com.

Members of the media should contact Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox at (618) 559-1939 to set up an interview.

 

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