Balto. Co. to honor Olympic star Phelps with festival tomorrow

September 10, 2004|By Kevin T. McVey | Kevin T. McVey,SUN STAFF

Towson will celebrate a "Phelpstival" tomorrow to welcome Olympic champion Michael Phelps home.

The day's events, which thousands are expected to attend, according to Ellen Kobler, a Baltimore County spokeswoman, will begin at 9 a.m. at Towson High School, 68 Cedar Ave., with an honorary renaming of that street.

These roads will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon for a parade: York Road between Cross Campus Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue; Pennsylvania Avenue between York Road and Baltimore Avenue; Washington Avenue between Pennsylvania Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard; Cross Campus Drive between Osler Drive and York Road; and Towsontown Boulevard between Washington Avenue and York Road.

Parts of Chesapeake, Washington and Pennsylvania avenues surrounding the county courthouse will close from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a street festival. The festival starts at noon.

At 11:30 a.m., County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will present Phelps with a key to the county at Courthouse Plaza.

During the street festival, the U.S. Postal Service will open a temporary branch along Pennsylvania Avenue near the courthouse to honor Phelps with a picture postmark commemorating his return home. Postmarks will be applied to any item with first-class postage without charge. The postmark, along with an assortment of stamps and collectibles, will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During the festivities, other routes will be available for motorists, county officials said. Bosley Avenue and most of Towsontown Boulevard will be open and are suggested alternate routes through Towson.

Parking meters will be operating, but free parking will be available in four county-owned garages.

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