AUSTIN (KXAN) — An annual Christmas event that will draw about 20,000 people to the Palmer Events Center over the next four days has some neighbors concerned about parking.
A Christmas Affair is a 40-year-old shopping tradition put on by the Junior League of Austin.
They follow the city of Austin’s special event rules, and have temporary “no parking” signs placed in the nearby Bouldin Creek Neighborhood to stop shoppers from parking in front of homes.
Some neighbors say there are usually barricades added to block off Bouldin Creek to visitors during larger events including Fun Fun Fun Fest and the Fourth of July fireworks.
During the Junior League event, homeowners are concerned they will get tickets, too, if they park on the street.
The president of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association, Kevin Lewis, told KXAN it is part of a bigger issue they have been working on with the city on for a while, and a solution is in the works.
“The Junior League and the city are trying to do good things which is encourage people to park in appropriate places and not necessarily in the neighborhood so we appreciate that,” said Lewis.
He said the city is working toward issuing everyone who lives in Bouldin Creek residential parking permits, and adding permanent signage so parking rules can be enforced year-round during all special events.