Mount Adams residents concerned about traffic for President Obama's visit

CINCINNATI - With President Barack Obama's visit to the Tri-State Monday comes traffic headaches -- especially for those in the Mount Adams community where he is set to speak.

President Obama is expected to arrive in Cincinnati for a grassroots event at 11:30 a.m. at Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park. During the event, the only entrance to Eden Park that will be open will be at Ida Street next to the playhouse leaving residents who live in the nearby community of Mount Adams concerned about the traffic situation.

Erin Althoff lives only a few streets away from Seasongood Pavilion in Eden Park, where President Obama will be speaking.

"My bigger concern is that there is a lot of parking signs saying you need to be out by 6 a.m., when usually I'm not up at 6 a.m., so I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that," she said.

Althoff arrives to work in Mason around 8 a.m.

"I guess I'll have to park maybe down the hill closer to the city to get out of Mount Adams, or maybe I'll just have a very early morning at work," she said.

Jim McCarty is attending President Obama's event on Monday.

"I think anytime you can see a president live as an American citizen is a true honor," McCarty said. "I'm very proud to exercise that right."

McCarty said he's not too worried about the busy streets.

"Most of the residents here are used to the hiccups because it's a tight little village, parking is always a problem," he said.

Mount Adams resident Drake Ebner said there are still some parking options for those who call the area home.

"You can probably park off the hill and look for some shuttle service or something to come up the hill," Ebner said.

However, Mount Adams resident Chris Held said President Obama's visit is worth the traffic headache.

"It's not everyday that the president comes to speak what, three blocks down from you," he said.

The Hamilton County Democratic Party suggests attendees of this event park on the Riverfront at lots D and F along Mehring Way.  Shuttle buses will be there at 8 a.m. to take event attendees to Mount Adams.  The only entrance to Eden Park that will be open will be at Ida Street next to the playhouse.

Gates open at 10 a.m., but it is best to get there as early as you can.

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