The Pleasanton Seahawks Swim team will host a three-day swim meet starting today at the city's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center with the event continuing through Sunday on one of the busiest weekends of the year.
The meet, which will begin at 9 a.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday, is expected to draw about 2,000 swimmers and spectators who will begin to arrive each morning by 7 a.m.
Downtown Pleasanton also is expected to be filled with shoppers tonight evening and again tomorrow, with Farmers Market also looking for large crowds tomorrow morning.
Then at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Main Street will be closed for the annual Hometown Holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony that will start at 5 p.m., stepping off from the Amador Valley high School parking lot parade assembly area, less than a block from the aquatic center.
All this is happening just as the boys soccer tournament already under way at Amador ends its final games Saturday afternoon with players and supporters jockeying for parking places and drop-off points at the school.
As one parent said, "That whole area around the school and aquatic park is going to be a nightmare."
But Pleasanton spokeswoman Joanne Hall said representatives of the city and the Seahawks are working together to find parking spaces for swim meet participants and avoid congestion on Santa Rita Road and Black Avenue during the event.
"City staff has developed a traffic flow system for the Aquatic Center to facilitate competitor drop-off, and participants have been notified of pre-designated parking locations that would reduce the impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods," she said.
For more information, contact Frances Steuer-Silva at (925) 931-3422.