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178 Parking Spaces and Restored Traffic Flow Are Coming to Washington Park

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Upcoming Access Improvements at Washington Park
  • All entrances and exits will be open.
  • The historic park entrance at SW Park Place will reopen to vehicles.
  • Sherwood Blvd, which links the gardens to the SW Park Place entrance and the Children’s Playground will reopen.
  • 178 parking spaces will be restored near the Japanese and Rose Garden.
  • Read the full list of traffic updates and impacts.

The Water Bureau’s Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project is bringing a “reservoir of the future” to Washington Park.

When complete, the new reservoir will be able to withstand the potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake and will supply water to 360,000 people on the west side of the river.

All the construction in Washington Park has meant that park visitors and neighbors have had to be patient with traffic pattern changes and reduced parking options.

Good news: Starting this weekend, your visit to Washington Park’s world-class attractions is about to get a little bit more spectacular.

This Weekend: More Parking and Better Access

This weekend, construction crews will restore much of the traffic flow in Washington Park affected by the Reservoir Improvement Project. These restoration efforts will be fully in place by Monday morning.

All streets that were temporarily closed or had traffic flow changes related to this project will be reopened and returned to their typical traffic patterns. Approximately 178 of the 220 parking spaces that were closed will be reopened.

Residents and visitors to the park should still expect delays, and watch for signs, plan extra time for trips, and consider alternate routes and modes of transportation to get to destinations.

More Information

Read the full traffic advisory – including a complete list of traffic updates and park impacts – on the Water Bureau News webpage.