Tulsa police say they will “strictly enforce” parking laws and other ordinances during the upcoming Tulsa State Fair to ensure streets are open for emergency vehicles.
The fair at Expo Square runs from Oct. 1-Oct. 11.
Each year, the city is flooded with calls about blocked streets and alleys, as well as illegal parking in yards and sidewalks and in marked “no parking” areas.
Parking is prohibited within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, in yards and between curbs and sidewalks.
Fair organizers and the city are providing alternative parking sites and free shuttle transport between the sites and the fairgrounds.
In addition to the free parking available on the fairgrounds property, there are five remote sites with free Park and Ride shuttle service provided by Transportation Solutions (TranSol). The free Park and Ride is only available on weekends. Those sites include:
• Tulsa Promenade Mall: 41st Street and Yale Avenue, south covered parking garage
• Hale High School, 6960 E. 21st St.
• Tulsa Public Schools Education Service Center: 3027 S. New Haven Ave.
• Broken Arrow Centennial Middle School, 225 E. Omaha St.
• Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus, 3727 E. Apache St.
The shuttles are scheduled to run both weekends – Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11. The hours are set to start at 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday, and noon on Sundays. Shuttles will run through midnight each day except Sunday, when they will stop at 11 p.m. Frequency will vary by location ranging from every 15 minutes to 30 minutes.
According to a press release, illegal parking can result in fines ranging from $15 to $50. Illegally parked vehicles can be towed at the owner’s expense if parked in areas marked with “Tow Away Zone” signs or if they are obstructing normal traffic flow.
Illegal parking in yards during the fair can result in fines beginning at $50 for the vehicle owner and up to $500 to the property owner providing the parking space, the release said.
Problems with illegal parking or blocked or partially obstructed streets can be reported to the Mayor’s Action Center at 596-2100 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.