It’s been a busy year for the Berglund Center but with that comes increased traffic and parking issues. After a series of trial and error, representatives say they now have a plan in place to help with those problems.
Dealing with traffic in the area is something many have experienced, including Kevin Davies.
“I think that it’s great that we have this,” said Davies.
Davies says he’s been to multiple events at the Berglund Center.
“These are memories people are going to carry with them for the rest of their lives,” said Davies.
He’s noticed that the parking lot fills up fast during events.
“I would say the staff is overwhelmed very easily. I don’t think it’s necessarily their fault, but there’s just so many people trying to get in and out,” said Davies.
He says he’s seen people walking from downtown and Williamson Road.
Dana Abney has also been to many events at the Berglund Center. She was there Wednesday for a dance recital rehearsal. She says she always tries to get there early.
“Even the dance instructors always when they’re giving us instructions say arrive early, parking is a problem,” Abney said.
It’s something Berglund Center Director of Marketing Robert Knight says they’re working on.
“Police officers come out who direct traffic and kind of circumvent the lights a little bit. And then we try to push that messaging out early that there’s going to be traffic for the bigger events so kind of give yourself enough time,” said Knight.
Part of the solutions include a free shuttle to and from the Elmwood parking garage, having police on sight to help with the flow of traffic and asking people to pre-purchase parking » https://t.co/GU9xQvgRY5 pic.twitter.com/dySSfoS7xq — Eric Pointer (@EricPointerWFXR) May 16, 2019
They’ve been selling parking passes ahead of the events to help the line go faster. They also have a shuttle to take people to and from the Elmwood parking garage for free.
Which is something people like Davies thinks will help.
“As long as it’s well advertised and people know that they don’t have to come directly to the civic center, I think that’s going to solve a lot of the problems,” Davies said.
Knight says they are going to have graduations throughout May and June which will bring in large crowds, but they feel like they have a handle and should be able to get people in and out as fast as possible.