Lake Elsinore: The City Issues New Rules to Visitors of “Super Bloom 2019” to Help Ease Congestion


Visitors are Asked to Keep the Area Clean and Beautiful

Statement:

The 2019 Super Bloom in Walker Canyon is a natural phenomenon drawing visitors from all over the world demonstrating the extreme beauty of Lake Elsinore. We would like to thank residents and visitors for their patience as we faced substantial challenges related to this international attraction. City, County, Transportation and Public Safety personnel have been working together this week to create a unified approach to addressing the increasing challenges related to this year’s Super Bloom.

This includes increasing available resources and support, implementing additional traffic control measures, increased enforcement, expanded public notices, and improved access plans that ensure the overall safety of those visiting Walker Canyon while also reducing the impact to residents. Visitor and resident cooperation is imperative for continuing the poppy attraction.

Visitor Information:

We welcome you to experience the miles of poppies with the following advisories and request for cooperation.

Where the wild flowers grow, we advise you to be prepared, cautious, and conscientious of preserving the beauty:

*There are wild animals

*Pathways may be steep and ungraded

*Restrooms are limited

*Food and water is scarce, please be sure to bring water and shade

*STAY ON THE PATH, do not walk/trample the flowers

*DO NOT PICK THE FLOWERS

*Be patient and courteous of personnel, residents, and other visitors

Weekend Visitors:

*Poppies are ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY SHUTTLE, there will be no parking available near the trail.

*Lake Street Interchange will CLOSED completely from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (only accessible by shuttles)

*Visitors Only should use Nichols Road Exit for Shuttle Parking

South Bound I-15 to park at Lake Elsinore Outlets

17600 Collier Ave, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

North Bound I-15 to park at Dirt Parking Lot

10000 Nichols Road, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

*First Shuttle to Poppies: 6:30 a.m.

*Last Shuttle to Poppies: 5:00 p.m.

*Last Shuttle from Poppies: 7:00 p.m.

*$10 Per Person Round Trip (Cash and Credit/Debit Accepted)

*Children 3 and younger are free (and must sit on adult’s lap)

*Service Animals Only

Please be advised substantial excessive traffic throughout the region

Please be advised shuttle wait times may exceed 2.5 hours

Weekday Visitors:

*Poppies available via Lake Street and parking is permitted along Walker Canyon Road

*Lake Street on/off ramps will be closed as needed based on traffic congestion

Residents:

Thank you for your patience as we attempt to manage the poppy attraction. The poppies are another natural beautiful asset to our community and we are proud to have the opportunity to abruptly host the international community for this short time being. As you know we are an old historic community and our current infrastructure was not designed to handle this amount of tourist traffic in our community.

We appreciate your consideration and patience as we manage the crowds. Please be advised that although we cannot reduce the impacts entirely, we are working to limit them as much as possible.

We are seeking your patience and cooperation in obeying all signage and personnel throughout the City. Without your cooperation, we will be required to close additional roads to achieve public safety concerns.

Press Conference was held Thursday, March 21, 2019

Photos by Scott Padgett

Press Release Provided By the City of Lake Elsinore

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