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St. Albans prepares for influx of nearly 30,000 visitors for total solar eclipse

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Updated: 10:48 AM EST Feb 1, 2024

The St. Albans community is preparing to see an influx of nearly 30,000 visitors ahead of April’s total solar eclipse.The St. Albans City Council held a special meeting on Monday, and during that meeting, city councilors and Mayor Tim Smith briefly touched on plans for the once-in-a-generation celestial event.Smith said the city is expecting about 28,000 visitors, or roughly double the city’s population, to come to Taylor Park and the surrounding area on April 8 to see the total solar eclipse. Viewers in St. Albans will have several additional seconds of total darkness due to the city’s geographic positioning relative to the path of totality for the eclipse.Smith said the city has ordered 15,000 pairs of special eclipse-viewing glasses in anticipation of the “Totality at Taylor” event, with food, booths and other activities planned surrounding the total solar eclipse. He said that traffic and congestion are expected to be similar to the annual Maple Festival that also takes place on Main Street each April.In anticipation of heavy traffic and the thousands of visitors, all schools in the district will either have early dismissal or will be closed on April 8, Smith said.The city is also working to put together a list of the best viewing locations for the eclipse. One such location was the top of the parking garage, as there will be no obstructions for viewers looking to the sky.However, Smith was quick to note that depending on the cloud coverage that day, visitors could quickly move to another location if viewing conditions aren’t favorable.NBC5 is continuing to track community events and activities around the eclipse and will have much more information in the coming weeks.

The St. Albans community is preparing to see an influx of nearly 30,000 visitors ahead of April’s total solar eclipse.

The St. Albans City Council held a special meeting on Monday, and during that meeting, city councilors and Mayor Tim Smith briefly touched on plans for the once-in-a-generation celestial event.

Smith said the city is expecting about 28,000 visitors, or roughly double the city’s population, to come to Taylor Park and the surrounding area on April 8 to see the total solar eclipse. Viewers in St. Albans will have several additional seconds of total darkness due to the city’s geographic positioning relative to the path of totality for the eclipse.

Smith said the city has ordered 15,000 pairs of special eclipse-viewing glasses in anticipation of the “Totality at Taylor” event, with food, booths and other activities planned surrounding the total solar eclipse. He said that traffic and congestion are expected to be similar to the annual Maple Festival that also takes place on Main Street each April.

In anticipation of heavy traffic and the thousands of visitors, all schools in the district will either have early dismissal or will be closed on April 8, Smith said.

The city is also working to put together a list of the best viewing locations for the eclipse. One such location was the top of the parking garage, as there will be no obstructions for viewers looking to the sky.

However, Smith was quick to note that depending on the cloud coverage that day, visitors could quickly move to another location if viewing conditions aren’t favorable.

NBC5 is continuing to track community events and activities around the eclipse and will have much more information in the coming weeks.

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