Friday, June 16, 2017

Upcoming Recycled Arts Festival offers convenient shuttle bus to free parking


News Release from Clark Co. WA Communications
Posted on FlashAlert: June 16th, 2017 10:09 AM
Downloadable file: Shuttle bus route
Downloadable file: Procession of the Species route
Vancouver, Wash. - This year's Recycled Arts Festival features a new parking option: free parking in the county garage at 14th and Franklin streets, about a 10-minute walk from the festival.

A free shuttle bus will run regularly between the gazebo in the plaza at 13th and Franklin streets and the north side of Esther Short Park, providing added convenience for people carrying purchases.

"While driving might be the most practical way to get to the festival if you're planning to purchase art, in the spirit of sustainability we encourage people to consider transportation alternatives such as carpooling, taking the bus, riding a bike or walking," said Sally Fisher, festival coordinator.

Presented by McCord's Vancouver Toyota, the free festival takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Attendees who show their reusable mugs or water bottles at the Information Tent will be entered in a special drawing.

The popular family-friendly event showcases artwork made of recycled materials. More than 150 artists will exhibit and sell items such as metal and glass garden art, sculptures, mosaics, jewelry, clothing, furniture, birdfeeders and wall art made of at least 75 percent recycled material.

Also new this year is the Procession of the Species, a parade that celebrates the natural world through art. The Procession starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, with registration at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. Participants are encouraged to wear masks and costumes that represent animal species or elements such as fire, earth or water. On Saturday, the children's art booth will have opportunities to make masks.

The festival also will include:

* Music on the stage, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday
* Art ala Carte will have recycled materials children can use to create art
* A sculpture garden displaying large pieces of recycled art
* Free tours of downtown on Couve Cycle, a multi-passenger, pedal powered party cycle
* Robot demonstrations by high school robotics teams
* Food carts

For more information about the Recycled Arts Festival, visit and

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