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Summerfest Keeps Police Busy at Ryan Road Park-And-Ride

About 40 people returned to the Ryan Road park-and-ride to find their vehicles gone — towed away Saturday night for parking illegally.

More than three dozen people parking at the Ryan Road park-and-ride were reminded last week that the area does not go unpatrolled during Summerfest.

According to the logbook, a total of 40 cars were parked illegally and towed Saturday.

Police officials said the department has to tow vehicles that block emergency vehicle access. An officer is typically at the lot between 3 and 5 p.m. each day of Summerfest.

"Saturday there was a influx of cars that parked illegally at approximately 4 p.m., when an officer was not available to monitor the lot," police Lt. Dave Ashenhurst said.

Any vehicle not parked in a marked stall is ticketed and towed, while vehicles parked on the grass are ticketed, Ashenhurst said.

A Patch reader said in an e-mail that cars were still being towed when he got to his house at 10:30 p.m.

Police Capt. Michael Bolender said some people have ignored the "lot full" signs, which hinders emergency vehicles' ability to answer calls for service.

"If cars are blocking the lanes of vehicle operation ... we are towing vehicles because we have to ensure emergency vehicles can access situations like car fires or medical emergencies that require an ambulance," he said.

If the lot is full, the police department recommends using the park-and-ride at College Avenue.

Mr.Ed July 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I'm torn on this one. This seems to happen every year. I wasn't at the lot to see just how obstructed "emergency lanes" were, but suggest this could be looked at in a couple of ways. How many emergency's have happened AND had a bad outcome because of extra cars. Are we to eager to ticket and toe? Should we make some concessions for Summerfest? Would we rather have these people driving downtown? Should we post a sign that designates where some additional parking and bus pickup is available? Just something to think about.
Grammar checker... July 06, 2012 at 03:49 PM
@mustangsally... "too eager to ticket and tow" Grammar counts...
Mark Schaaf July 06, 2012 at 04:13 PM
You make some good points... I will say that before I wrote this I went to the Ryan Road park and ride, just to refresh my memory because I hadn't been there in awhile. I did see signage directing people to other park and ride lots if Ryan Road was full, as well as signs making it clear that cars could get towed if they were parked illegally. But, obviously, tough to judge the situation Saturday since I wasn't there to see it.
Mr.Ed July 06, 2012 at 07:40 PM
@grammar checker; if that was my only mistake, the posting was one of the least flawed I have done. Or is it had done?
Mr.Ed July 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I suspect people thought a 35 dollar ticket was a fair price for parking, but didn't count on the tow. (or is that toe?)
bobb michals July 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
IF THERE WAS ROOM FOR THE TOW TRUCKS TO GET IN I WOULD THINK THAT THERE WAS ROOM ENOUGH FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES TO GET AROUND. GIVING A TICKET SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH. TOWING THEM ONLY BENEFITED THE TOWING COMPANY AND CREATED HARD FEELINGS TOWARD THE O.C.P.D. RULES FOR SUMMERFEST PARKING SHOULD HAVE BEEN RELAXED FOR THE FEW TIMES THAT THE LOT WILL BE FULL. A LITTLE COMMONSENSE GOES A LONG WAY.
Jim Weiland July 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
On Saturday the 7th, at 11:00am, I was at the Ryan Road Park and Ride. There was a sign that said lot full, but 3/4 of the lot was open with legal parking spaces. I did not check to see if there are signs posting emergency lanes or space only.

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