Greenville Avenue will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 13, and I wanted to explain the initiatives the city is taking this year to limit the impact of the St. Patrick’s Day parade and party on our Lower Greenville neighborhoods. (Sorry in advance for the incredibly long post.)
This is a joint effort of Deputy Police Chiefs Vincent Golbeck, Julian Bernal and Tom Lawrence, neighborhood residents, special events office, code enforcement, sanitation, parking enforcement, event sponsors, myself, and others. Note that these events are privately sponsored and are not endorsed by the City of Dallas. Check for updated info at www.dallascityhall.com.
In response to my request to ensure as much bulky trash as possible is picked up before the Lower Greenville festivities, I received this response from Mary Nix, Director of Sanitation at the City:
Although our brush/bulk crews are straining to get back on their regular schedule – as the snow storm debris collection is a massive undertaking – we recognize the need to address the Greeneville neighborhood’s immediate need.
We’ve sent several rotoboom trucks to collect storm debris (starting earlier this week) – and are making sure they’ll cover the area for several blocks to both the east and west of Greenville from Ross Avenue to Southwestern. They’ll go additional blocks as time allows. We’ll do our best not to inadvertently collect the temporary “No Parking” signs as we go!
Time: 11:00 a.m.— 2:30 p.m., from Blackwell to Yale.
Police: 150 police for traffic and crowd control plus 15 Supervisors (All police paid by sponsors).
Traffic: Southbound Greenville Ave. closes at 9:00 a.m.; other streets close at 10:00 a.m. Streets will reopen when police decide it’s safe. Officers will direct traffic at Greenville at Mockingbird, and on both sides of Central service road from Blackwell to Mockingbird.
Trash: The parade sponsor has hired additional clean-up crews. The parade route must be cleaned up by 4:00 p.m. If not, Code Enforcement will issue tickets. There will be 100 portalets.
SPECIAL EVENT PARTY
Time: 10:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. on Greenville Ave. between Vanderbilt and Vickery. Streets close 9:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m. Street sales of alcohol end at 5:30 p.m. or earlier if Deputy Chief Golbeck deems necessary.
Police: 9:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m.—48 officers at event site and 36 officers conducting neighborhood patrols. 7:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m.—24 officers along Greenville north of Belmont and 18 officers patrolling the neighborhood (all paid by sponsor). Additional on-duty patrol throughout the day and evening.
Shuttles: Shuttle from Mockingbird Station to Lee Elementary. No alcohol or coolers allowed on shuttles. Two DART officers will be at Station to monitor.
Alcohol: No alcohol may be brought into event. Police DWI squad will patrol and arrest for DWI. This will be a ―No Refusal‖ weekend where blood will be drawn. Large ―Don’t Drink and Drive‖ signs will be posted. Taxi stands will be on Greenville.
Other: Party is 21+ only—IDs will be strictly enforced. City Fire Inspectors will monitor max. crowd size in event and buildings. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will also patrol. ―Respect Our Neighborhood‖ signs will be posted. More trashcans. Code officers will patrol 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. to cite violators for parking in yards, noise, etc.
Parking: Please refer to www.cepatrolcrimewatch.org for a map of the parking restrictions. Temporary ―No Parking ― areas have been expanded. On streets with Resident Parking Only (RPO), those with the appropriate RPO placards will be allowed to park any time. Five tow trucks will be queued to tow according to the following priority: blocked intersections, blocked driveways, no parking zones. Parking enforcement officers will be towing/writing tickets from 9:00 a.m.—2:00 a.m.
AFTER THE PARTY
After the St. Patrick’s Day party, party-goers usually go to the bars on Lower Greenville. Officers and other city personnel will be in this area to protect the neighborhood.
Police: There will be 36 on duty officers south of Belmont from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
Parking: Temporary ―No parking‖ signs will be installed in neighborhoods. On streets with Resident Parking Only (RPO), those with the appropriate RPO placards will be allowed to park any time.Parking Enforcement until 2:00 a.m.
Other: Code Enforcement will be patrolling until 2:00 a.m.
TO REPORT VIOLATIONS/PROBLEMS
Call 911 for police, parking, code, etc. problems. From 9:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m., police dispatchers will be instructed to forward all calls related to St. Patrick’s Day in Lower Greenville to the police command post at Lee Elementary. If you do not get a response or need additional help, call me on my cell phone at (214) 907-4600. Along with other city personnel, I will be working and available all day and night to limit the impact on our neighborhoods.