Access and Parking
The new Community Venues locations and design deliver much improved
parking support. Ensuring convenient access to parking while meeting the transportation needs to
and from the new Community
Venues remains a top priority of the City and each Venue partner.
Our goal is to create a seamless system that incorporates multiple
options and choices, an improved
road network, a pedestrian-friendly culture, parking that is easy to
access, and mass transit options.
Through the development of a Community Venues Master Plan, the City has
planned for more
than double the current parking availability for both the
and Dr. P.Philips Performing Arts
Center. In addition, the following principles were identified as
important to reaching this goal:
There MUST be parking on-site or in close proximity that meets the
needs of guests and
individuals who want to park near the Venues. However, it is not in the
best interest of guests
attending downtown events to be forced to converge on a single mega
parking location at a
specific time. This creates serious traffic congestion and impacts the
full experience of
attending a concert, sporting event or cultural performance.
We must take maximum advantage of investments already made in existing
transportation systems before spending additional taxpayer dollars.
We must make the new Venues convenient and “user-friendly” through the
development of an extensive electronic signage system that directs people to available
parking and helps
pedestrians safely walk to events.
The new Venues must not be surrounded by parking lots, which would
keep new retail outlets and restaurants from being built in the area and would lessen the local
economic impact of the
venues. Instead existing and new parking garages will be incorporated
into a seamless experience.
To meet the Venues transportation needs, we must provide new street
on improvements made to I-4 and the 408 Expressway, convert some
Downtown streets to
two-way, and enhance our local mass transit systems by offering new
options such as
We must work to establish a positive pedestrian culture by creating
safe and pleasant
sidewalks and walkways. This should include encouraging greater use of
awnings and other shelters.
The plan calls for construction of 2,000-3,000 new parking spaces
adjacent to or in close proximity to
the Amway Center that could meet venue and general needs 24/7. By
comparison, Memphis built 1,500 spaces with its arena and Charlotte built no new spaces, instead
taking advantage of existing garages and transit.
In addition to planned spaces, there are another 5,300 existing parking
spaces available within a five minute
walk of the new Amway Center. With the construction of the new spaces
the new Amway Center will have 4,000 to 5,000 more spaces than what currently exists
with the Amway Arena.
There are approximately 5,500 existing spaces available within a
five-minute walk of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) site. This is 2,900 more spaces than what currently
exist within a five-minute walk of the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center. Additional parking garages
for the PAC are also expected to be built onsite or immediately adjacent to the site as part
of ancillary development around
New Amway Center
Dr. Phillips PAC
||Bob Carr PAC
(Adjacent / Close
|2,000 – 3,000
||800 – 2,000*
|| 7,300 – 8,300
|| 6,300 – 7,500
*Note: Adjacent /on-site parking for the Dr. Phillips
PAC would be constructed with ancillary development around the Venue.
Downtown Transportation Plan
Last year, the City completed the
most comprehensive Downtown Transportation Plan in its history.
Its underlying finding was that the number of commuter trips originating
or ending in Downtown would rise, and with minimal options to widen
roads in a downtown environment, a multi-modal approach must be taken to
address future growth.
The plan identified dozens of recommendations that are being evaluated
and prioritized by the City’s
transportation staff. These solutions will be implemented over the next
few years and include:
• extending and realigning the current road network,
• enhancing intersections by adding turn lanes and improving timing of
• converting some Downtown streets to two-way,
• maximizing improvements to I-4, the 408 and Downtown on-and off-ramps
access to the Venues
• installing electronic signage system to direct people to available
parking and safe walkways,
• expanding the Downtown Lymmo system,
• providing pedestrians with greater protection from the sun and rain
with awnings and street
• enhancing on-street bike lanes.
Mass Transit Options
Guests of these three venues should not be forced to park in the
same location at the same time. That would create the same gridlock that
exists after an event at the current Arena and Bob Carr. Our efforts
have focused on dispersing parking around the Venues while providing
transit options that allow easy travel to and from each of the new
venues. For example:
The proposed Commuter
Rail System, which is expected to be complete before the opening of
the new Venues, would include a station located less than two blocks
from the new Amway Center and less than three blocks from the
Performing Arts Center. This new system would allow residents from
areas like Lake Mary, Maitland and Winter Park to never have to
drive into Downtown, reducing traffic and parking needs.
The Community Venues
Master Plan and Downtown Transportation Plan also call for
expansion of the Downtown LYMMO service. This system will allow
residents to park in garages anywhere Downtown and ride to the Venue
front doors. Again, this would reduce congestion by distributing
parking over a larger geographic area.
Transportation Access Planning Network
As the design and construction of these venues begin, the City will
continue to refine its parking and traffic plans. And, we will work with
our Venue partners and other new developments in Downtown to provide
additional, nearby parking options that are convenient and easy to
In addition, the City has formed an interdepartmental planning network
to address specific parking
and access needs for individual events, including traffic flow, need for
additional Lymmo buses and
public safety efforts.