Parking banned along parade route

Grinches who park their vehicles along Grand Junction’s Main Street to watch the annual Parade of Lights will find an unwelcome surprise this year.

City councilors decided to crack down on the habit that blocks visitors’ views and contributes to an unsafe parade. As a result, vehicles left in any of Main Street’s 60 parking spaces after 
3 p.m. the day before the Dec. 7 parade will be towed.

“As a public safety measure, we need to ban parking along the parade route,” said Harry Weiss, executive director of Grand Junction’s Downtown Development Authority. “It’s got to be enforced and you need a big stick.”

The annual light show that attracts more than 100 floats and thousands of people has grown in popularity over the years.

Parade participants have expressed concern that having vehicles along the roadway allows less room for pedestrians, pushing children dangerously close to floats.

“We would be negligent if we didn’t do something,” Councilor Phyllis Norris said at a meeting Monday night.

The city plans to have any vehicles left along the route towed to a nearby parking lot at Seventh Street and Ute Avenue. There will be no cost to recover a vehicle.

The city plans to place signs along Main Street before the Parade of Lights to warn motorists of the changes.

Councilors plan to discuss the changes during their regular meeting Wednesday night at Grand Junction City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St.


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