Police to Toughen Up on Parking Ban During State Fair

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By Taylor Barth

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Updated: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:13:46 CST

The Nebraska State Fair kicks off Friday, which means more traffic and a need for parking spots in Grand Island.

Stolley Park Road is within walking distance from the fair grounds. The road used to have parking spots in its outer lanes, but the city council banned parking there in July.

The Grand Island Public Works Department painted new stripes on the road and posted "no parking" signs last week.

Police Chief Steve Lamken said the parking ban hasn't been heavily enforced, but that's about to change.

"We are going to have to start enforcing it diligently and we will be during the state fair," Lamken said. "We had an issue this weekend at a show at Stolley Park, at the car show, where many cars were parked on Stolley Park [Road]. Our patrol shift was busy, they really didn't get to do the enforcement they should have, but we are going to be addressing that in the future."

Lamken said officers will ticket or tow cars parked on Stolley Park Road if necessary.