Road outside of Paisley Park reopens: Here's how to visit the memorial


Life outside of Paisley Park is slowly starting to return to normal.

The City of Chanhassen has partially reopened Audubon Road between Highway 5 and Coulter Boulevard at 6 a.m. Monday, a news release says.

The road has been closed following Prince's death last week so mourners could pay tribute to the artist. Hundreds of people – even those from outside Minnesota – have been gathering outside of his residence, bringing flowers, purple balloons and other mementoes.

Officials have placed barricades along the east curb line of the road so people can still have a safe place to view the memorial and pay their respects.

The barricades are expected to remain in place for the next few days. The City of Chanhassen plans to monitor traffic in the area to determine when the barricades can be removed.

If you plan to go

Anyone who plans to visit the site is asked to park at Lake Ann Park (1456 West 78th Street), because motorists aren't allowed to stop along Highway 5 or Audubon Road.

Note: Northbound vehicle traffic will only be allowed to turn east onto Highway 5 due to the barricades between the east and westbound lanes, the release notes.

To access the Paisley Park memorial, people are asked to walk the Lake Ann Park trail and underpass, with officials noting it is the safest option for pedestrians.

City and county officials thanked visitors and residents, as well as staff at Paisley Park, for their help over the past few days. They also ask that people continue to be respectful as the visit the area.

For updates on how to visit the memorial, visit Chanhassen's website, Facebook page or follow the city on Twitter.

Memorials, tributes continue

Minnesotans and others who adored Prince continue to honor the artist in the days following his death. And more events are in the works.

A block party to celebrate Prince is scheduled for this coming Saturday at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis.

That's Prince's southside neighborhood and where he attended Bryant Junior High, which is now Sabathani, according to the Facebook event page.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and wear purple.

There will be a DJ, as well as other family-friendly activities including: magicians, puppeteers, stilt walkers, face painters, fun houses and a lot of Prince and Prince-inspired music.

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