By Peter Covino
Pardon me boy, is that the Winter Park Choo Choo?
It may not be a steam locomotive, but if you have looking for the right opportunity to try out SunRail, March 21-22 might be just the ticket.
In fact, you won’t need any ticket at all to ride to the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.
The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency approved funds to provide free rides to the festival. Sunrail will operate approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The free ride also was made possible thanks to Florida Hospital, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and the art festival.
Last train leaving Winter Park heads northbound at 4:41 p.m.
Last train leaving Winter Park heads southbound at 3:36 p.m.
“Winter Park is thrilled to be the leader in offering the first weekend of free SunRail service during The 56th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. It is an amazing opportunity for the community to take a ride on SunRail and visit Winter Park to experience one of the best art festivals in the country,” said Winter Park Mayor Kenneth W. Bradley, in a press release.
“This is a win-win scenario for all of our funding partners, SunRail, art festival attendees, and the region. By encouraging use of this alternative mode of transportation, we can conveniently bring more people to the festival, help alleviate parking challenges, and allow a larger audience to experience Winter Park,” continued Bradley.
Free SunRail parking will be available at the following stations along the corridor: Sand Lake Road, Maitland, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary, Sanford and DeBary. The Sand Lake station, 8030 South Orange Ave., is the closest station to Osceola County.
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals. It has been voted #1 in ArtFairCalendar.com’s Top 10 list of “America’s Best Juried Fine Art Fair” and ranked #1 in the southeast and #5 in the nation in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s 2014 list of “Best 200 Fine Art and Design Shows.”