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UJ Invites Community to Participate in Tour of Thanks

University of Jamestown’s Tour of Thanks is scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 6. Everyone in the community is encouraged to decorate their vehicle with orange and black messages of thanks. Join this car parade that will honor Jamestown’s first responders and frontline workers, including medical professionals.

“We are so very grateful to the first responders and frontline workers in the community of Jamestown,” said University of Jamestown President Polly Peterson. “It is our hope that through the Tour of Thanks they will see and feel the appreciation that everyone has for them and the work that they accomplish so selflessly.”

Community members interested in taking part in the parade should line up in their cars at the Reiland Fine Arts Center at 6:45 p.m. The parade will leave University of Jamestown at 7 p.m. The tour will take drivers by the Law Enforcement Center, out to Jamestown Regional Medical Center (JRMC), and will loop back to downtown Jamestown by Jamestown Area Ambulance. We encourage people to then drive by the Fire Department, and end their evening by supporting their favorite local restaurant. Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars and cheer/honk in celebration as the parade passes the police department, fire department, and ambulance station.

“Once the parade enters the JRMC grounds, we want to maintain JRMC’s space of healing,” explained Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Karen Crane. “To do so, we are asking participants to drive in silence to honor medical professionals, without disturbing patients.” Cars should continue driving in the parade route by JRMC while refraining from beeping, loud music, or cheering with windows rolled down.

To keep everyone safe, participants are asked to maintain social distancing and are required to stay in their vehicles for the entirety of the parade. Photos of the parade can be shared on social media using the hashtag #UJTOUROFTHANKS.

University of Jamestown Tour of Thanks Route

Map of the Tour of Thanks.

  • Headlights on, please!
  • Start at Reiland Fine Arts Center, UJ Campus
  • Right on College Lane
  • Left on Westminster Lane
  • Right on North University Drive / 9th Ave. NE (takes you by Harold Newman Arena)
  • Right on 12th Ave NE
  • Right on 4th St NE, which becomes 3rd St NE
  • Left on 2nd Ave NE (front of Jamestown Civic Center) Route takes us by the Law Enforcement Center
  • Right on 10th St SE (stay in right lane; go up Mill Hill)
  • Right on 17th St. SW
  • Right on 17th Ave SW, and immediate Left on 17th St SW (frontage road)
  • Left, and go over the overpass by JRMC
  • Left on road with “H” sign (NO HORNS OR LOUD MUSIC near JRMC, preserving healing for patients)
  • Left at JRMC main entrance road—heading straight toward JRMC

Return Route:

  • Turn, and go through the parking lot to the west of JRMC entrance, straight back up the route we took to the hospital
  • Go back over the overpass
  • Right on Frontage Road
  • Right on 17th Ave SW, and immediate Left on 17th St. SW
  • Left on West Business Loop (Mill Hill)
  • Left on 1st Ave S, past Jamestown Ambulance Center
  • Left at Babb’s; Right and go over tracks to drive by Jamestown Fire Department
  • Disperse, and support your favorite Jamestown restaurant tonight! Thank you!

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Posted:May 1, 2020

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