Dodger fans and residents prepare for season opener parking restrictions [updated]

No parking will be allowed on Avenue of the Palms during the Dodger season opener

The LAPD and the city’s Department of Transportation have released more details about the no parking zones and other restrictions intended to clamp down on tailgate parties before Monday’s season opener at Dodger Stadium.

The April 6 parking restrictions will make it tougher for visiting Dodger fans and tailgaters to find street parking near the ballpark but will also require many residents of Echo Park and Solano Canyon to move their vehicles  every two hours or face a parking ticket.

No parking will be allowed most of the day along the Avenue of the Palms, the section of Stadium Way near Scott Avenue that has in the past served as ground zero for Dodger opening day tailgate parties and picnics.

Here’s a run down of the parking restrictions for Monday, April 6:

Echo Park

  • Academy Road between Morton Avenue and Elysian Park: 2-hour parking on both sides of the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Avenue of The Palms (Stadium Way near Scott Avenue): No parking from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Scott Avenue from Echo Park Avenue to Elysian Park: 2-hour parking on both sides of the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Morton Avenue from Echo Park Avenue to Academy Road: 2-hour parking on both sides of the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Portia Street between Sunset Boulevard and Scott Avenue: 2-hour parking on both sides of the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Solano Canyon

  • Academy Road from 110 Freeway offramp to Solano Canyon Drive
  • Amador Street from Bouett Street to Amador Place: 2-hour parking on both sides of the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Solano Avenue from Broadway to 110 Freeway: 2-hour parking on both sides of the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Solano Avenue from 110 Freeway to Academy Road: 2-hour parking on both sides of the street from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Update: A previous version of this story said the the two-hour parking limits would begin at 8 a.m. based on information provided by the Department of Transportation. But the department today issued a change, saying the 2-hour parking begins at 7 a.m.


  1. Dodger Tailgater

    Not acceptable! Where does the city expect me to day drink, play loud music and pee on trees?

    • In front of the short stop. Where idiots block your driveway on the street adjacent.

      It would be great if the police set up DUI points after a dodgers game instead of after a normal saturday night. So many fights I hear on my street. Losers.

    • Srsly. Plus whatsup with us not being able to cave someone’s head in for wearing a hat with the opposing Neanderthals’ logo on it? Thanks stupid hipsters!

  2. Ha – I sense the sarcasm. This is a case of a few bad apples ruining it for everyone — Dodgers fans, fun tailgaters, residents.

    Bad Apples = Drunks, Noise blasters, Pissers, and lazy cops.

    I like living near the stadium. I like the energy in the neighborhood on game day. I like seeing the parade of people in blue. If the LAPD would do just a **little** but more than sit on their bikes or just direct traffic, none of us would have to deal with this nonsense.

    Easy solution – Patrol! The drunks are hard to find, the pissers are easier. But the loud music? C’mon you can hear it for blocks– EASY tickets. EASY money for the city.

    I feel really bad for the Morton ave folks!

    • You wana last !!
      Be the first to blast !!!

    • exactly!

      Everybody could have their fun if the dodger’s weren’t just trying to squeeze every bit of profit (and cost avoidance) out of everyone. They allow in park tailgating in other cities …. are we Los Angelenos not capable of “handling it”? We can’t be trusted as much as the nice reasonable folk of Kansas City (no offense) ?

      If they had sensible policies and less usurous parking charges it would all be a nice happy day for everyone. The neighborhood would be a whole lot less pissed off if they didn’t keep making policies that concern their bottom line over the welfare of the city as a whole.

      • I don’t think “we” can handle it. That’s the sad part. I grew up within earshot of Dodger Stadium. I’m a season ticket holder. I LOVE the Dodgers, but too many of our fans are just awful when it comes to alcohol. It’s a small minority of our fan base, but it doesn’t take much. The last thing I want to see is some fatal stabbing in the parking lot over a drunken fight (It’s happened before!). I’ve been to ballparks all over the country, and while you see bad stuff everywhere, Dodger Stadium just takes it to another level sometimes. We’re just like Philly fans if not worse. It’s a bummer. Luckily, heavy police presence in the stadium has improved the situation at the game, but I couldn’t even imagine trying to police tens of thousands of people getting blind drunk at 10:30 am scattered around the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

        • Easy.
          Switch the concession stand from watered down Bud Lite to weed.
          Less violence, more snacks. Win-win.

      • As someone who has been a season ticket holder in Kansas City: yes, the Dodgers fans are simply not as civil as the Royals fans. The comparison is outlandish, ludicrous.

        I live here now, and I would not go back, but facts are facts. There is a downside to too much niceness, by the way.

        • Kaufman is one of my favorites. It reminds me of a smaller Dodger Stadium actually. Have you seen it since the renovations? The whole Arrowhead/Kaufman complex is how cities should do it in my opinion. Just curious as to what the downsides of niceness are. Dodger Stadium used to be one of the more polite stadiums in baseball back when the O’Malley’s still owned the team. We won championships in those days.

          PS. The VAST majority of Dodger fans are nice folks just there to watch the game/have an outing with friends and family. It’s the criminal 5% that ruins it for everyone. I know in Europe they have pretty innovative ways to ban known hooligans from their stadiums. I’d love to see some of those solutions used out here.

  3. I wish the city would smarten up. This is a perfect opportunity to charge for parking and make money, instead of making it impossible for the city’s most beloved sports team’s fans to enjoy the opening day experience. It’s bad enough the Dodgers don’t allow us to tailgate in their parking lot, now this! I’ll still be there…and I’m bringing la banda!

    • I was wondering about tailgating in the parking lot. If this party is so popular and nearby residents hate it so much, why don’t the Dodgers invite the fans into the stadium? Wouldn’t that be any easy way to rake in some cash?

  4. hopalong chastity

    Whenever a city street is subject to special parking restrictions, whether temporary or permanent, a legal process must be followed. The legal process sets out application requirements, notification requirements, hearing requirements , approval requirements, review requirements and appeal requirements.
    The legal process for obtaining permission to impose a temporary, one-time NO PARKING restriction for a special event or film production will involve requirements of less complexity and shorter time frame. However, the NO PARKING restriction for a special event is meant to free the curbside space for pedestrian flow or for staging of equipment or facilities. For example – a marathon, a ciclavia, a block party or a street fair. It is not meant for preventing vehicle occupants from engaging in activities which are already restricted by existing ordinance or codes.
    The process for imposing a 2 Hour Limit parking restriction will usually involve more complex requirements with a longer time frame. This type of restriction is typically imposed on a permanent basis. A 2 Hour Limit restriction imposed on a temporary, one-time basis seems strange. This may be the first time or one of a very few times it has been used in this way.

  5. I copied this from the article above. “A previous version of this story said the the two-hour parking limits would begin at 7 a.m. based on information provided by the Department of Transportation. But the department today issued a change, saying the 2-hour parking begins at 7 a.m.”

    So previously the 2-hour parking limit was to start at 7am but now it’s a 2-hour (excuse me two-hour) parking limit starting at 7am?

    WTF Eastsider. GYHOOYA’s!

  6. Does anyone know about the dodger’s parking meeting tonight? I’ve read about it on this blog but I can’t find the info.

    • Deeply skeptical and inconvenienced

      Good Morning Neighbors,

      As we prepare for the 2015 baseball season we wanted to invite you to Dodger Stadium this Thursday, April 2. Representatives from LA DOT, LAPD, Council office and Dodgers representatives will be present to listen and discuss the 2015 season. This meeting is open to all neighbors.

      Details are as follow:

      When: Thursday, April 2, 2015

      Where: Stadium Club at Dodger Stadium (Park in Lot L)… You may enter via the main gate (Gate A) off of Sunset Ave

      See you at the ballpark!

      Oscar Delgado

      Manager, Neighborhood & Government Affairs | o: 323-224-1443 | f: 323-224-1452
      Los Angeles Dodgers | 1000 Elysian Park Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90012

      • Could someone please tell us where to get information on what happened at the meeting held last night, Thursday 04/02? I’d appreciate it, Thanks

        • Re: Request for info on mtg…I’ve been searching, find nothing on Dodgers, LADOT, or LAPD blog or main website

  7. bathing at baxter

    Am I correct in assuming that anyone can do anything they want on any of the streets not highlighted in red?

  8. hopalong chastity

    Residents living alongside Dodger Stadium may have legitimate complaints about overflow parking on game days. They are entitled to full attention from city agencies and council offices when presenting the negative impacts wrought by inconsiderate Dodger fans glad to hike up Scott Avenue to save themselves the parking fee.
    These residents expect a sincere and engaged effort towards mitigating the negative impacts of Game Day overflow parking.
    However, the neighbors alongside Dodger Stadium should reject any attempt at solutions which would circumvent the established process for implementing restricted parking along their streets
    When our city agencies and elected officials find an answer through shortcutting the process, they open the door to a loss of fairness and the decline of ethics. They lower our resistance to the lure of corruption. They replace today’s problem with an infected attitude which degrades the civic qualities we had fought to preserve.
    A city which can misapply parking restrictions in Echo Park is the same city which ends up with a dormant 3 story concrete carcass occupying an entire block in Hollywood at Sunset and Western.

  9. Deeply skeptical and inconvenienced

    Oh for God’s sake, WTH couldn’t it start at 8:00am instead of 7:00am, this would, AT THE VERY LEAST, and be in line with the existing street cleaning hours which residents PLAN FOR WEEKLY??? WTF am I (and my neighbors) going to do…my job won’t pay me an extra hour because the city said I had to move my car at 9:00am….and I can guarantee you, Dodger fans will take the ticket and park where ever the hell they want to, especially in lieu of no parking on Avenue of the Palms.

    Will DOT and the LAPD also enforce the existing No Parking signs that run up and down both sides of Academy Road from the cut-through to Avenue of the Palms – they never ever have before and they don’t even do it on the weekends. Driving through there on opening day is like going through a gauntlet. The same with Scott from the top of the hill down into the park.

    Will they be towing cars after the 3 hour mark? I think not

    What a cluster fuck.

  10. A 2-hour parking restriction — beginning at 7am, no less — is a real imposition on residents. The obvious solution would seem to be permit parking for residents, and a 2-hour restriction for everyone else.

    I lived on Academy years ago, and used to hate game days – but at least I could park on the street. Most houses in Solano Canyon are older, on very small lots, and many don’t have garages.

    • Those who live in areas affected by Dodger stadium knew or should have known what they were getting when they bought their homes. No sympathy.

      • The 2-hour restriction is brand new, isn’t it?

        Given how much the situation changes over the years — rising parking rates, variations in police presence and city enforcement, etc. — it would be hard for anyone to know exactly what they were getting into.

      • This is not a good argument, although it is often heard. As cities mature, they try to improve things. Find solutions to longstanding problems. Give stakeholders a say when they have been ignored for historical reasons. That is what is happening here.

        Your argument could justify inaction on almost any longstanding problem. That doesn’t make sense.

  11. The drinking and loud music suck. The pissing in the bushes? I don’t know why there isn’t a bathroom nearby they can use. Oh wait, there probably is but it is locked, broken, or simply filthy because LA Parks can’t seem to do a damn thing about maintaining what they have.

  12. This is a complete contradiction to everything LADOT has told Scott Avenue residents about keeping fans off our street. They say they can’t close roads or redirect fan traffic or provide us with resident access placards, but they can force a parking restriction on residents? How does that make any sense?
    While game-day permit parking is a good option for some streets closer to the stadium, it isn’t an option for many because we would 1) be required to pay the city a fee every year for each permit (which the Dodgers should pay) and 2) the options provided to us by the city did NOT include guest parking.
    It’s disappointing that yet AGAIN the city and the Dodgers release this information to the community just days before opening day. We need transparency and communication so we can work through these issues well before they come up. It’s a reasonable request and it’s been done in the past.

  13. Permit Parking is a great idea for the area.
    This 2 hour thing is a mind blowing ,crappy idea for the residents who leave
    their cars at home and walk to work.

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