Editor’s note: Today’s Street Smarts column topic comes from Mark Dettle, public works director for Santa Cruz City public works. Here, he offers advice to help Warriors fans park and get to the game on time with no worries.
Now that you have your Warriors tickets, it’s time to think about how you are going to get to the game. While some people will walk, ride a bike or take the bus, many people will drive. With a seating capacity of 3,000 at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, where should they park?
The main thing to remember is to get there early. Here are the parking facts to help you plan ahead:
- The parking plan is based on people parking downtown, enjoying a nice dinner before the game and walking four or five blocks to the arena, the same strategy used successfully at San Jose’s HP Arena. It benefits the restaurants before and after an event and minimizes traffic and parking impacts around the arena. Allow enough time so you are not rushed and you can enjoy your walk to the game. There are more than 3,200 parking places within eight blocks of the Arena. There are four garages, 15 parking lots, and 815 on-street spaces in the downtown area. Also, don’t forget, there are over 400 spaces on the wharf.
- Because there isn’t a concentrated parking lot next to the arena, the traffic and parking impacts will be distributed to all the parking areas in the downtown, reducing the impact. This approach also rewards those who arrive early with many parking spaces to choose from.
- All city garages have a $5 maximum for all-day parking, so you can get there early, park your vehicle and enjoy your evening with no parking concerns. If you find a metered parking spot, that works too. When using a meter, consider using a City ParkCard or Park mobile so you only pay for the time you use — with no worries about a parking ticket. You can purchase a City ParkCard from the parking attendants at the Soquel and Front Garage and Locust and Cedar Garage. Sign up for Park mobile via www.parkmobile.com or call 1-877-727-5718.
- What if you are running late and don’t want to look for a place to park? There are more than 400 parking spaces on the wharf, which is four to five blocks from the arena.
- What about the first game on Dec. 23, won’t the parking be all taken by holiday shoppers? Clearly, parking for the first game will be the biggest challenge of the distributed parking system. The city has secured an additional 300 spaces at the County Government Center at Ocean and Water streets to supplement downtown parking for this busy shopping day. This lot is a few extra blocks away, but parking will be free for the first game.
If you have tickets for the inaugural game, why not make a day of it? Fit in some last minute holiday shopping, have a nice dinner, and cheer on your basketball team.
Go Santa Cruz Warriors!