With the Portland Timbers'
first Major League Soccer
home game approaching on April 14, the Northwest District Association
is ready to send the city some recommendations for parking around PGE Park.
Stadium neighbors have worried about the impact
of large crowds in the debut MLS season.
And neighborhood association president Ron Walters says the NWDA is now suggesting the city set one 90-minute parking limit for the areas around PGE Park to standardize the current mixed bag of time limits and to match the time restrictions in the adjoining Goose Hollow neighborhood. Neighborhood businesses—especially restaurants—want one limit so people can't monopolize spaces in front of their businesses.
The NWDA also is suggesting expansion of permit parking boundaries for Zone L, which goes into effect from the last week of March through October to correspond with the soccer season. And the NWDA is also suggesting the city pay for heavier parking enforcement during the Timbers' first three home games.
Walters says these changes, if adopted, may not be the only ones. He adds that others might arise after seeing how these changes play out over the first three home games.
The next step is for the NWDA to meet with city officials to discuss options.