In an effort to provide a positive experience for all festival-goers, the Baltimore Book Festival has created an access plan to help navigate to and around the festival. After reading the Baltimore Book Festival Access Plan thoroughly, please direct any questions to our Access Coordinator Pooja Sampathi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-752-8632 or 443-509-3633 (day-of event).
The deadline to request the following services is Friday, September 19, 2014:
• Sign Language Interpreter
Before the Festival
• Direct any questions to Pooja Sampathi, at email@example.com or 410-752-8632.
Getting to the Festival
Driving and Parking
The lot in front of the Baltimore Visitor Center (on Light Street; enter through Lee Street) has very limited handicap parking. The eight spaces are available on a first come first served basis after 4pm. The Baltimore Visitor Center service drive can also be used as a drop off/pick up location for attendees with mobility disabilities.
o Marina Garage (Rusty Scupper) – 402 Key Highway – 5 ADA spaces
o Water Street Garage – 414 Water Street – 22 ADA spaces
o 30 Light Street Garage – 30 Light Street – 30 ADA spaces
o Hyatt Garage – 300 Light Street – 24 ADA spaces
o Lockwood Garage – 124 Market Place – 24 ADA spaces
o Flat Lot - Conway and Charles Street – 10 ADA spaces
o The Gallery at Harborplace – 101 South Calvert Street – 20 ADA spaces
Visit www.baltimore.org/transportation a complete list of accessible parking lots and garages.
• Ride the MTA
All MTA services are accessible for individuals with disabilities. For more information on MTA Bus, Metro Subway, Light Rail or Mobility service, visit www.mtamaryland.com or call 410-539-5000, 1-866-RIDE-MTA (toll-free), or TTY 410-539-3497.
• The Charm City Circulator (CCC)
This public transportation service that travels five routes in Baltimore City is a fast, friendly, and free way to get around town during the Baltimore Book Festival! Five routes are currently operating: the Orange Route which runs along Pratt and Lombard Streets between Hollins Market/UMB Biopark and Harbor East; the Purple Route which runs from Penn Station to Federal Hill; the Green Route which runs between City Hall, Fell’s Point and Johns Hopkins Hospital; the Banner Route which runs between Maritime Point, Tide Point and the Canton Waterfront. More information, including hours, maps, and stop locations, can be found at www.charmcitycirculator.com.
At the Festival
• Expect large crowds.
• Visit Guest Services located at the Amphitheater, Bicentennial Plaza, McKeldin Square and Rash Field. Festival staff and volunteers will be happy to assist you!
• Braille and large print versions of the festival program will be available at the main Guest Services tent located at Bicentennial Plaza.
• Accessible portable toilets are available near McKeldin Square (between Light St. and Pratt St.), Bicentennial Plaza (Light St. and Conway St.), West Shore Park (near Light St. and Lee St.) and Rash Field (parallel to Key Highway).
• Accessible eating areas are located at West Shore Park and Rash Field.
• Service animals are allowed at the event. Service animals must be under the control of their owners in their official harness with any appropriate markings and alongside of its owner at all times. Disruptive or dangerous animals and their owners will be asked to leave the site.
• Medics will be roaming throughout the event site to assist with issues. All emergency situations should be directed to 911. A First Aid tent will be located at the main Guest Services on Bicentennial Plaza.
• The event does not provide wheelchair rentals. There is not an area to store medications.
• For ADA issues while you’re at the event, visit the main Guest Services at Bicentennial Plaza.
After the Festival
• Send your comments and suggestions to Pooja Sampathi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-752-8632. We would love to know what we did right, what we did wrong and how we can improve next year.