In preparation for the Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day on Monday, April 6, I am working closely and in collaboration with the Dodgers organization, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the Department of Transportation (LADOT) to assess the best ways to manage increased traffic flow and minimize impacts to Echo Park on this first day of baseball in the City of Los Angeles.
I want to share what my office is doing to provide some relief to my constituents who live in the Echo Park neighborhoods surrounding the ballpark:
I am working closely with LADOT to implement a two-hour parking restriction between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Opening Day to prevent tailgating on the following streets:
Scott Avenue between Echo Park Avenue and Elysian Park
Morton Avenue between Echo Park Avenue and Academy Road
Academy Road between Morton Avenue and Elysian Park
Portia Street between Sunset Boulevard and Scott Avenue
Academy Rd. from Morton to Stadium will be one way heading into the park
My office is funding porta-potties, hand washing stations, and additional garbage bins in the area in an effort to maintain the quality of life in the neighborhood on Opening Day. These will be located at the entrance to the park on both Scott and Academy.
Last year, I heard loud and clear that tailgaters had occupied the neighborhood as early as 7 a.m., and that any and all spaces were taken until the end of the game. While I can appreciate that the City of Angels is a baseball town, and that there is a decades-long tradition of celebrating this annual spring-time event, I want to make sure my constituents do not suffer the consequences of a few unruly fans.
My staff and I are focused on making sure fans can enjoy the game in a way that is respectful to my constituents who share streets with Elysian Park. Public safety will always remain my number one priority in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadium, and in every neighborhood in the great 13th District.
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell