Parking Could Be A Problem During Downtown OKC's Busiest Weekend

Friday, April 27th 2012, 4:54 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

Hundreds of thousands of people will be pouring into downtown this weekend. With the Thunder game, Festival of the Arts, the Memorial Marathon and the Redhawks in town, it's expected to be the busiest weekend of the year.

That will also mean the biggest headache when it comes to parking.

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"Number one, this is our busiest weekend," said Debi Holtzclaw, the Parking Manager with the City of Oklahoma City.

And downtown construction will put street parking will be in short supply.

"It's going to be crazy, it's going to be crazy," says JD, a parking lot attendant for a lot across the street from the Festival of the Arts.

Which means, you can expect to see a lot of "lot full" signs.

JD says their lot across the street from the Arts Festival will be full by 8 a.m. By noon the closest spot: probably a half a mile away.

Still, the city says there will be enough spots for everyone.

"I would say plan ahead, arrive early and I wouldn't be too selective on where you are parking," said Holtzclaw. "If you find a spot it's probably best if you take it."

Holtzclaw also says the trolleys will be running all weekend and you can ride those for free.