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April 2018

Downtown Events Cause Parking Headaches for Drivers

By: Jamie Warren

EL PASO, TX — Sunday, there were numerous events happening in downtown El Paso, all in the same spot. With thousands of people gathering in the same place, there was a lot of congestion as drivers tried to find a place to park.

The El Paso Chihuahuas game at Southwest University Park, the El Paso Comic Con at the Convention Center, the Bacon Fest at Union Plaza and The Bridge, an orchestra performance at the Plaza Theater, attracted thousands of people.

ABC-7’s Jamie Warren snapped a photo while waiting in line at a pay station in a public parking lot across from San Jacinto Plaza.

“Downtown parking is pretty hard especially when there are baseball games and other events going on,” Alex Chavez said. “It’s a little stressful.”

In 2013, just months before the ballpark opened, a local consulting firm conducted a study that found there were more than 12,000 parking spaces downtown. However, that counts a wide area as far north as Arizona Avenue and as far south at Paisano. The ballpark contains about 7,500 seats, and with two to three people per car, that works out to a need for roughly 2,500 to about 4,000 spaces per night over the course of the season.

Last month, the City announced it was beginning a new parking study in the downtown area to help project parking needs and find solutions for growing traffic.

City Council voted to go forward with the proposed year-long study of parking spaces downtown by the Wantman Group out of Houston, costing $97,120.00. The study seeks to identify problem areas and solutions, projecting demand over 10 years.

The El Paso Chihuahuas game at Southwest University Park, the El Paso Comic Con at the Convention Center, the Bacon Fest at Union Plaza and The Bridge, an orchestra performance at the Plaza Theater, attracted thousands of people.

ABC-7’s Jamie Warren snapped a photo while waiting in line at a pay station in a public parking lot across from San Jacinto Plaza.

“Downtown parking is pretty hard especially when there are baseball games and other events going on,” Alex Chavez said. “It’s a little stressful.”

In 2013, just months before the ballpark opened, a local consulting firm conducted a study that found there were more than 12,000 parking spaces downtown. However, that counts a wide area as far north as Arizona Avenue and as far south at Paisano. The ballpark contains about 7,500 seats, and with two to three people per car, that works out to a need for roughly 2,500 to about 4,000 spaces per night over the course of the season.

Last month, the City announced it was beginning a new parking study in the downtown area to help project parking needs and find solutions for growing traffic.

City Council voted to go forward with the proposed year-long study of parking spaces downtown by the Wantman Group out of Houston, costing $97,120.00. The study seeks to identify problem areas and solutions, projecting demand over 10 years.

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