Monday, July 1, 2013
Parking prices at Fair Park lowered from $15 to $5 this summer
Get in for $5 now through August 18, 2013.
FAIR PARK Despite Dwaine Caraway’s December vow to roadblock any rate hikes, it costs a whopping $15 to park at Fair Park — even for Summer Adventures. But according to a memo sent to Park Board members this morning, that price tag’s been slashed for the summer: Fair Park is running a “summer rate promotion” that cuts the price of parking to $5 per vehicle beginning today through August 18.
That covers everything, says Fair Park Executive General Manager Daniel Huerta — from the Fair Park Fourth to Summer Adventures to Taste of Dallas. The price drop, says Huerta, is intended to “entice people to make a trek to Fair Park for Summer Adventures and the museums, which will continue to be free.”
Summer Adventures, which the State Fair of Texas is funding, hasn’t released attendance figures. But one has to wonder: Do officials worry that the $15 parking price is keeping would-be patrons away?
“I don’t really know that, but they’re trying to do everything they can to make people aware of it,” says Huerta. “And we want to see if it’ll bolster attendance to our museums and attractions. We’ve explored this for a while. We want to see if we can get additional people out here, and if there is no impact we’ll evaluate further. We know it’s a sensitive issue for people.”
Including vendors: When the city upped parking to $10 in 2009, organizers of the monthly Buchanan Antiques and Collectibles Market in the Automotive Building pulled up stakes and headed to Lewisville before finally returning to Fair Park.
Caraway, of course, is happy about the price drop. But he’d like to see it made permanent.
“I’ve been screaming for a while about how high parking was and why people couldn’t afford to come,” says the council member this morning. “You’d pay more for parking than the event.”
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