The American Heart Association’s second Heart Walk at UCF will be held Saturday, Sept. 6. Everyone traveling to or from UCF’s main campus on Saturday morning should allow extra time and be aware of road closures and parking areas that will be inaccessible during the walk.

The goal of this year’s annual event is to raise nearly $1.5 million to help fight heart disease and stroke through research and prevention efforts.

To date, UCF team members have raised $34,000, which places the university third among all of the participating teams in the walk.

Heart Walk Festivities start at 7 a.m. on Memory Mall and the walk will begin at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to park in garages C, D or H. Pets will not be allowed.

Road Closures and Campus Parking

The Heart Walk route will cover the following roads, which will be closed from approximately 7:30 to 10 a.m.: the two inside lanes of the Gemini Boulevard loop, the two inside lanes of Greek Park Drive and all of East Plaza Drive and West Plaza Drive.

The two outside lanes of the Gemini Boulevard loop and Greek Park Drive will remain open to traffic, with all traffic moving one way in a counterclockwise direction.

From approximately 7:30 to 10 a.m., vehicles will not be able to enter or leave all parking areas inside of the Gemini Boulevard loop and along East Plaza Drive and West Plaza Drive. This includes all parking garages, as well as all C and D lots, most H lots and several B lots.

If you must leave campus between 7:30 and 10 a.m., please park your vehicle ahead of time in the Libra Garage or in one of these lots: B5-B8, located along Gemini Boulevard South near Central Florida Boulevard; B12-13 and B15, located along Libra Drive; or H10, located adjacent to Lake Claire on Gemini Boulevard North.

If you will be arriving on campus between 7:30 and 10 a.m., you should plan on parking in the Libra Garage or in one of the lots listed in the paragraph above.

The campus entrances at McCulloch Road and North Orion Boulevard and at Gemini Boulevard North and Alafaya Trail will both be closed from 7:30 to 10 a.m. All other campus entrances will remain open throughout the day.

UCF Police will reopen portions of the Heart Walk route as it becomes safe to do so. Police expect campus traffic and parking to return to normal no later than 10 a.m.

Please visit for a map of campus parking lots.