FLINT (WJRT) -
(06/20/14) - Officials with the New Flint Farmers' Market say three parking lots should be able to handle the big crowds expected on Saturday.
There are nearly 650 spots near the new facilities.
Those who opposed relocating the Farmers' Market here said there wouldn't be enough parking within easy walking distance - but there's just as much room in this one parking lot as there was at the old location.
The main lot on East First Street can handle 350 cars. Parking at the former International Institute to the east can handle 150 cars, as can the UM-Flint staff parking lot.
"I think on a normal day we have plenty of parking to accommodate everyone. Definitely during the week there's plenty of parking and on Saturday we've made accommodations," said Karianne Martus, of the Flint Farmers' Market.
The first day could bring an impressive amount of traffic.
"On Grand Opening Day, I'm not sure how many people we're going to have. We're anticipating a lot of extra people, but we feel like we've taken the necessary precautions. We've got parking attendants at all the gates. We feel like we're going to be able to accommodate people," Martus said.
Striping was completed Thursday. There's no charge for parking in the lots or on the street near the Farmers' Market.
"Just to put it in perspective, at the old market we had about 330 spaces, counting all. On a Tuesday or a Thursday there was never more than 150 used of those 250 spots ever," Martus said.
But all bets are off, Saturday. Ribbon cutting is at 8 a.m.
The Flat Lot, a block away, can handle several hundred more cars if needed.