The Commerce and Industry Show last weekend drew a lot of people to the Brainerd Area Civic Center and Gold Medal Arena, causing a lot of confusion about where people could and couldn't park.
Judy Gilbertson, community service officer with the Brainerd Police Department, said Parks Security handed out about 50 $25 parking tickets.
People were primarily ticketed for parking on the north side of Jackson Street, too close to driveways or hydrants and for creating their own parking spaces within the parking lot, said Jeff Hulsether, Brainerd city engineer. The north side of Jackson Street was made a "No Parking" zone as a safety measure last fall to allow easier movement of traffic on the street, Hulsether said.
"It was primarily a safety concern," Hulsether said. "When we have big events and people are trying to get out of the parking lots while people are parked on the north side of Jackson, it's difficult to see traffic moving."
There are about 340 parking spaces in the civic center and Gold Medal Arena lot, Hulsether said. Bruce Ericson, Brainerd parks and recreation director, said that is three times as many spaces as there were before the addition of the Gold Medal Arena.
Ericson said since the addition of the Gold Medal Arena the site has played host to a few large shows, such as the Home Builders Show and the Recreational Vehicle Show, but as far as parking he had never seen anything like he did last weekend.
"We get some at every show. We had a few (parking tickets) handed out at each of those (previous) shows," Ericson said. "But they were nothing like this."
Despite all the tickets, both Hulsether and Ericson said there was no confusion in where people couldn't park. They said the parking spaces are marked clearly, as are the street signs on the north side of Jackson Street stating no parking is allowed there.
"I was out there (Commerce and Industry Show) twice, and I found a spot each time," Ericson said. "It's marked pretty clearly."
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