What you need to know for Water Follies

Water Follies kicks off today with a good deal for those watching their money.

No tickets are required today to see the action on the Columbia River starting at 8:15 a.m. and the air show from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Parking is free on the Pasco side of the river.

If you are attending today or making plans for the weekend on the river, here's what you need to know:


Sunshine, hot temperatures and a bit of a breeze are in the forecast today in the Tri-Cities.

Today should be the hottest of the three-day event with a high of about 94 degrees. Winds of 9 to 13 mph are forecast.

Saturday and Sunday also should be sunny with highs of about 91 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.


* Weekender tickets covering Saturday and Sunday may be purchased at the gate or at Tri-City Albertsons. Adults $25, children 6-12 $10 and children under 5 free.

* Saturday general admission tickets are sold at the gate. Adults $15, children 6-12 $5 and children under 5 free.

* Sunday general admission tickets are sold at the gate. Adults $25, children 6-12 $5 and children under 5 are free.

* Bleacher tickets are sold at the entrance to the bleachers in Columbia Park and do not include admission. Cost is $5 for adults and children 6 and older.

* Pit passes cost $10 each day today through Sunday, which does not include park admission. A three-day pit pass, which includes admission, is $45.


Parking fees are charged each time cars enter or re-enter lots.

* Columbia Park parking cost $5 today and Saturday and $10 Sunday.

* Pasco parking is free today, $5 Saturday and $10 Sunday. Look for parking signs off Sylvester Street.

* Use the main Highway 240 entrance for handicap parking. Golf cart shuttles from the parking lot to the viewing area are available. Ben Franklin Transit offers Dial-A-Ride service but rides must be booked by noon today for Saturday and Sunday.

* Pedestrians can be picked up at a designated pickup/dropoff point near the Playground of Dreams. There is no charge to enter the area.

* The J&S Dreamland Express, owned and operated by the Kiwanis Club of the Horse Heaven Hills, will provide transportation between parking areas and the river throughout the weekend. On Friday, it will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, it will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, it will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no cost, though donations are welcome.

The train, which operates weekends in Columbia Park, is named in honor of Washington State Patrol Trooper James Saunders, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in Pasco in 1999.

Bus service

Ben Franklin Transit will offer hourly service from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday from the Knight Street Transit Center in Richland and the Huntington Transit Center in Kennewick.

Buses will leave the park both days at noon, 1 and 2 p.m., reaching the Richland transit center 15 minutes later and the Kennewick center 30 minutes later. They return to the park 45 minutes later.

Buses will begin leaving the park 15 minutes after the final event.

Fares are $1.50 -- 75 cents for seniors -- and $4 for families of up to five people. Freedom Passes will be accepted.

Traffic/park access

The main entrance to Columbia Park on westbound Highway 240 will be closed from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Columbia Park from Edison Street east to Fruitland Street will be closed to general use through 10 a.m. Monday. That includes bike paths. The park also will be closed from Edison Street west to the Kiwanis building each evening through Sunday.

Wade Park in Pasco will be closed to general use for the weekend starting at 6 a.m. Saturday.

No pets may be brought into areas on either side of the river used for Water Follies.

Extra Washington State Patrol troopers will be assigned to the Tri-Cities today through Sunday in aircraft, motorcycles and unmarked patrol cars. They'll be looking for speeders, drunken drivers, aggressive drivers and people not wearing seat belts.

Cars stopped on the shoulders of Highway 240 to watch the races or air shows will be ticketed.


Today and Saturday, the all-day action on the river starts at 8:15 a.m., and Sunday it starts at 8 a.m.

The air show will be 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. all three days.