February 19, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland Bureau of Transportation
City expands Jeld-Wen Field Event District parking program boundaries
(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced today that it is expanding the Jeld-Wen Field Event District parking program boundaries to provide more parking for event goers and reduce the impact on adjacent neighborhoods. The new event district boundaries will extend from the south side of West Burnside Street to Southwest Jefferson Street and from Southwest 18th Avenue down to but not including Southwest 12th Avenue. The expansion is necessary because the event district was parked virtually to full capacity during large events at the stadium.
“By expanding the event district down to 12th Avenue, we now manage an additional 182 on-street parking spaces for a total of 631 spaces available during authorized events at Jeld-Wen Field. This enables us to provide event goers more access while lessening the impact on adjacent neighborhoods,” said Robert Burchfield, City Traffic Engineer.
The event parking rate of $3.50 per hour at parking meters in the event district applies during event hours versus the non-event rate of $1.60 that applies all other hours. With the event district expansion, an additional 27 parking pay stations will be programmed to apply the event rate for a period of up to four hours, beginning 90 minutes before the start of the event.
City crews will begin installing new parking signs later this month and complete work by early March to coincide with the start of the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer schedule on March 3. Three signs per block will identify the event parking area and direct parkers to pay stations for event day and parking rate information.
“We are pleased with the effectiveness of the City’s event parking rate and the area parking permit program, which has helped make getting to and from Jeld-Wen Field efficient and fan-friendly,” said Ken Puckett, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Portland Timbers.
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