It’ll be just like old times during First Friday in downtown Hood River on Aug. 7.
Old times? Well, yes, the event has gone through a variety of iterations over the years. The key thing is, the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event, has arranged for street closures this month, to increase pedestrian range and safety.
According to Matt Werbach, the Chamber’s membership director, Oak Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from First to Second street, and from Second through Sixth street, from 6 to 8 p.m..
If that sounds a bit confusing, it just means that Second street will remain open to north-south traffic. The closure on Oak, in essence, takes a break and resumes east and west on Oak. Be careful crossing Second.
Werbach says security officers will be on hand from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. to make sure drivers know about the closure, and to keep over-eager pedestrians safe.
You know how it goes: “Hey, Daaaaad, I thought you told us NOT to play in the street, but now we CAN? You’re nuts!”