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City of Houston
News Release
Thursday, June 30, 2011

Traffic Congestion At Hermann Park On July Fourth Is Expected to Be Heavy

Vehicular Entry to Hermann Park will be closed when parking lots are filled.

HPARD advises visitors to ride Metro or MetroRail and avoid traffic problems.

 

Hermann Park is expected to be the scene of many celebrations during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Its popularity can cause traffic congestion in and around the park, especially when parking lots become filled when thousands arrive for the Houston Symphony’s ExxonMobil Star Spangled Salute and fireworks display at Miller Outdoor Theatre on the Fourth of July. Visitors are advised to plan accordingly and be prepared to experience delays. In addition, they should be aware that when parking lots become full, HPD will close vehicular entry to the park.

 

To avoid traffic headaches and save gas, the Houston Parks and Recreation department advises visitors to ride Metro or MetroRail to Hermann Park. Visitors who feel they must drive to the park are asked to make use of expanded parking options available to them, thanks to an agreement with Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza. The current maximum rate for weekends is $7.00 (subject to change by Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza) and visitors have the option of paying by cash or credit card.

 

Visitors who choose to ride METRO’s bus system or METRORail, which goes right past Hermann Park, will find that riders can catch METRORail at the Fannin South Park and Ride lot located at 1604 West Bellfort or park downtown and catch METRORail at any of the downtown rail stations. Riders can disembark at Hermann Park/Rice University Station, at Fannin and Sunset; Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo, at North MacGregor and Ross Sterling; or the Museum District Station, between Ewing and Binz to access all of Hermann Park’s amenities.

 

Hermann Park’s limited parking may be overtaxed during this peak period.  Park visitors will need to be ready for delays and should have contingency plans. Park patrons are also advised to:

 

    * Be aware that traffic will be heavy, delays are expected and vehicular traffic inside the park will be closed by HPD when parking lots inside the park are full.

    * Be aware that it is no longer possible to turn left into Hermann Park.  Please pay attention to the “No Left Turn” signs posted along the light rail track.

    * Be aware that at peak periods Hermann Park Drive will only allow one-way traffic southbound from the Sam Houston Monument to Cambridge Street.

    * Be advised that HPD and/or HPD’s Mobile Response Team (MRT), METRO Police and Urban Park Rangers will direct traffic at all intersections on Cambridge Street, Fannin and Hermann Park Drive.

 

Houston TranStar will coordinate freeway changeable-message signs on SH 288 to communicate traffic information to motorists.  Portable message signs may also be placed around the park to provide additional information to park visitors.  Check traffic conditions before venturing out to the park. Information is available at www.houstontranstar.org.

 

For more information on the METRORail system, including a map, schedule and fares, call METROLine at (713) 635-4000 or visit www.ridemetro.org.  For more information about the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, call (832) 395-7022 or visit www.houstonparks.org.

 

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department (H.P.A.R.D.) stewards and manages over 38,992 acres of parkland and greenspace for the City of Houston and develops and implements recreational programming for citizens of all abilities. For more information on the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, call (832) 395-7022 or visit www.houstonparks.org.




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