Parking and Launching
Notice: Limited Parking on Kelly Drive for Coaches and Competitors Only.
Launch Docks: The launching docks are located at the public dock area just downriver of the SJU Boathouse. There will be no docking in the the Three Angels area of the river.
General Information: Trailer and boat parking will be available beginning at 6:00am on Saturday. Vehicles towing trailers and all car-topped boats must access Kelly Drive from the north, i.e. by City Avenue - Exit 340A from the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) - and head southbound on Kelly Drive. A parking pass will be required to access Kelly Drive below the barricades at Strawberry Mansion bridge. All Competitor/Coach passes will be issued via email directly to account holders on Regatta Central. Drop-Off passes for Passengers / Spectators / Team Tents will be available online in the Spectator section of this site.
Trailer Parking: Parking begins at 6:00am after Kelly Drive is closed. Trailers will be parked in the South (downriver) section of the Canoe Club parking lot as well as along Kelly Drive. Trailers parked in the Canoe Club lot will need to unhitch their tow vehicles during racing. Tow vehicles must park along Kelly Drive downriver of the SJU Boathouse.
(Parking Update 10/12/16) See Map #1 and Map #2 in Maps section for visual reference.
· The main trailer lot located South (downriver) of the Canoe Club will be filled first (see Map #1). Officials will guide drivers in order to maximize space.
· Once the main lot is full trailers will begin to park along Kelly Drive parallel to the river. We will start at the south end of the marked trailer zone (see Map #2) and then fill in behind as vehicles arrive. We will need to double park trailers as we did last year. Officials will be on the road to order parking.
Car Transport Parking: Car-topped boats (1x, 2x, 2-) will be parked in a new zone along Kelly Drive in 2016. This zone will be located below the SJU Boathouse and the launching docks (see Map #2). The grass areas opposite these spots will be reserved for rigging and storage of boats. If small boat parking reaches capacity then competitors should offload boats in the small boat area and then park in an open spot further south on Kelly Drive.
Team Bus Parking: Team buses will be allowed to offload athletes in the trailer/launching area. All buses must then proceed southbound on Kelly Drive past Columbia Avenue bridge. Buses will be allowed to parallel park on the east side of Kelly Drive near the Three Angels.
Competitor & Coach Parking: All Competitor/Coach passes will be issued via email directly to account holders on Regatta Central. Due to the fact that there is limited space on Kelly Drive the parking pass does not guarantee availability. Park diagonally on the west side (river side) of Kelly Drive. Do not park on the grass and do not park on the east side of Kelly Drive at any point along the road. Cars will be ticketed and towed for those parking violations. Overflow parking should go to the satellite parking for spectators off Reservoir Road above Strawberry Mansion bridge. A free parking shuttle will be provided to bring people onto Kelly Drive. See the SPECTATOR section of the website for further details.
Team Tent Area: Due to space restrictions around the SJU Boathouse and the launching area all team food tents must be located below the trailer and car-top zones (see Map #3).