CITY ISSUES PARKING REMINDERS FOR JAZZ FEST
With the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival set to open at the Fair Grounds Race Course today, the City is reminding the public about the procedures and requirements for selling goods and public parking in the festival’s vicinity. This year’s festival dates are Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30 and Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 7.
All residents and visitors are encouraged to make a plan before heading out to Fair Grounds to enjoy a day of music, food and culture. As in previous years, City enforcement officials will be on site to ensure that local businesses are in compliance with City ordinances. Our goal is to make commercial business owners and non-profit managers aware of the rules and regulations, and to eliminate confusion in advance.”
COMMERCIAL BUSINESS ENFORCEMENT
City code requires that commercial businesses get the appropriate permits if they wish to operate on their commercially-zoned property during the festival. In the event that a non-profit organization plans to manage a parking service on commercial property, they must also apply for a permit through the One Stop Shop.
In addition, existing businesses will be allowed to sell their products on their property, both inside and outside of their business contingent upon not blocking the public right-of-way. However, the City will aggressively enforce the rules that prohibit transient vendors (carts, trucks, etc.) from improperly selling their products within the festival’s “Clean Zone.”
The Clean Zone is a temporary designation that seeks to protect the quality of life for residents and assists businesses in thriving during the 2017 Jazz and Heritage Festival. Simultaneously, the designation will facilitate a tremendous positive economic impact on the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana through the regulation and control of certain areas in order to provide for the public health, safety, and welfare of thousands of residents, visitors, dignitaries, and media personnel who will attend events.
The Clean Zone is bounded by Florida Avenue on the north, North Broad Avenue on the east, Esplanade Avenue on the south, and Bayou St. John on the west (excluding the portion of that area contained within the exterior boundaries of the New Orleans Fair Grounds Racetrack). The Clean Zone is in effect beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017, and ending at 12 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017. The Clean Zone will go into effect again at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017, and ending at 12 a.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017.
The City of New Orleans’ One Stop Shop for permits and licenses is open during regular business hours, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information call (504) 658-7100.
GETTING TO JAZZ FEST
The Fair Grounds Race Course is located at 1751 Gentilly Blvd. in a residential part of the city offering restricted parking in surrounding neighborhoods. Festival-goers that are driving to the Fair Grounds are encouraged to bicycle or carpool whenever possible, park in downtown long-term lots and use the shuttle system festival organizers have arranged or to take public transportation.
Additionally, because the Wisner Boulevard Bridge Overpass is closed to the public for construction, festival goers should seek alternate routes when traveling to and from the festival.
Festival attendees planning on riding bicycles to the Fair Grounds are encouraged to utilize the City’s designated bikeways.
Bicycle parking is available by the Gentilly Pedestrian Entrance at the corner of Gentilly Boulevard and Sauvage Street.
Jazz Fest Express Shuttle Service
Each day of Jazz Fest, Gray Line Tours will operate continuous, round-trip transportation – the Jazz Fest Express – from the Sheraton Hotel, the Gray Line Lighthouse at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (Toulouse Street at the River – next to Jax Brewery) and Wisner Boulevard Lot (5700 Wisner Blvd.) near the intersection of Wisner Boulevard and Filmore Boulevard from 10:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. A special entrance will be used only by Jazz Fest Express vehicles to avoid traffic and bring festival-goers inside the gates of the festival. Call (504) 569-1401 / 1-800-535-7786 for more information.
Taxi and Pedicab Stands
Taxi cab stands are located at the Stallings Playground at the corner of Gentilly Boulevard and Lapeyrouse Street, and Fortier Park at the corner of Esplanade Avenue and Mystery Street.
A pedicab stand is located at Esplanade Avenue and Mystery Street across from the taxi cab stand.
Transportation Network Companies
The City anticipates a high volume of ride requests for Transportation Network Companies (TNC) and TNC for-hire vehicles, such as uberX and Lyft, during the festival. In an effort to minimize interruption to Uber and Lyft service and reduce passenger inconvenience, TNC’s will direct passengers and drivers to meet at a location outside of the restricted traffic zones.
RTA offers bus and streetcar service to stops within walking distance of the Fair Grounds.
JAZZ FEST PARKING ENFORCEMENT
Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs. Motorists are reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets. Motorists are highly encouraged to pay close attention to all posted signage to avoid being ticketed or towed.
The City’s Parking Control Officers will be actively enforcing the following safety violations:
Blocking a fire hydrant ($40 fine)
Parking in a fire lane ($40 fine)
Parking within 15 ft. of a fire hydrant on either side ($40 fine)
Parking within 20 ft. of a crosswalk, intersection or stop sign ($40 fine)
Parking on a sidewalk ($40 fine)
Parking on a traveled portion of the roadway ($40 fine)
Parking within 3 ft. of a driveway on either side ($40 fine)
Parking on the neutral ground ($75 fine)
Parking adjacent to the neutral ground ($40 fine)
Parking in freight/loading zone ($40 fine)
Parking in a handicapped zone without proper permit displayed ($500 fine)
Parking at an expired meter ($40 fine)
Parking in a Residential Permit Parking zone without a permit displayed ($75 fine)
Parking in the wrong direction (vehicles must park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets) ($40 fine)
Vehicles with unpaid parking tickets will be booted and/or towed.
For more information on parking call:
Department of Public Works (Parking enforcement and information), (504) 658-8100 (answered 24 hours)
Information related to Residential Parking Permits, (504) 658-8200
Pay and release of boot, (504) 599-5652
Information on Ticket/Tow Appeals Hearings: (504) 658-8250
Towed vehicles may be retrieved at the N. Claiborne Avenue Auto Impound Lot (400 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112.)
The Auto Impound Lot is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
It’s here and many folks are excited about the fun and frivolity we know as Jazz Fest.
Lots of neighbors love to have guests join them at their home for each day of Jazz Fest. It’s a fun way to get together and walk over to Jazz Fest as a group. The big negative? …where to put the cars the guests bring.
Why not stop the hassle and aggravation of figuring out where to put all those cars and help out a fellow 501c3 organization at the same time?
TELL YOUR GUESTS TO PARK AT 1700 MOSS
Deutsches Haus will offer Jazz Fest parking again this year…
1700 MOSS STREET
Thursday & Fridays – $20
Saturday & Sunday – $30
The Jazz Fest Neighborhood Action Telephone Line is set up each year to allow communication between residents and the Jazz Fest.The line is used to report NON EMERGENCY matters only such as blocked driveways and streets, reports of illegal vending, trash, neighborhood access issues, traffic, and taxi problems, etc. The number is 504 942 7799.
The NAT Line (Neighborhood Action Telephone Line) that is activated the day before Jazz Fest is: 942-7799. You use this number for Jazz Fest nuisance related issues. Put this # in your cell phone! You call 911 for police emergencies and crime related events. For non-emergency police events call 821-2222.
The city towing hotline is (504) 658-8002.
Information below is from the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS website: http://nola.gov/
PARKING ENFORCEMENT REMINDERS:
The Fair Grounds Race Course is located in a residential part of the city offering restricted parking in surrounding neighborhoods. Festival-goers that are driving to the Fairgrounds are encouraged to park in downtown long term lots and use public transportation.
Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs, in the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the Fairgrounds. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.
In addition, existing businesses will be allowed to sell their products on their property, both inside and outside of their business contingent upon not blocking public right of way. However, the City will aggressively enforce the rules against transient vendors (carts, trucks, etc.) from improperly selling their products within the festival’s “clean zone.”
The Department of Public Works is issuing citations for the following safety violations:
•Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant: $20
•Parking in a fire lane: $20
•Parking on the median: $75
•Parking on the sidewalk: $20
•Parking in the travel portion of the roadway: $20
•Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk or intersection: $20
Vehicles may be towed for all of the above violations; the tow fee is $156.
Citations can be paid and vehicles retrieved at 400 N. Claiborne Ave. from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Payments can also be mailed to:
Violations Bureau | P.O. Box 52828 | New Orleans, LA | 70152
Citations can be contested by mail. Instructions are listed on the back of the ticket.
For more information, please call the Department of Public Works at (504) 658-8000. The city towing hotline is (504) 658-8002.
Park at 1700 Moss just off Esplanade.
Short walk to Jazz Fest.
Parking hours 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
30 dollars per car.
Sorry, no in and out.