Rollingwood residents prepare ACL crowd spill

Rollingwood residents prepare ACL crowd spill

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Rollingwood residents are preparing for the influx of music fans that flock to the Zilker Park area during ACL Fest.

Now that the festival is two weekends, city officials have taken extra steps to handle the crowds.

The entrance to the city of Rollingwood is less than a mile away from Zilker Park. That makes this area a pretty good spot to park during ACL. But concert-goers will have a difficult time making that happen this year.

Rollingwood City Hall is getting more visitors than usual this week.

"I think it is a good thing we do get parking passes," Rollingwood resident Ken Krakow said.

Residents who live in certain areas are picking up bright orange parking permits to use during ACL Fest.

"We have trouble parking obviously in front of our house and there's lot of traffic right next to the Zilker Park area," Krakow said.

Each year, the ACL crowds spill over into Rollingwood.

"For the first 10 years it was just a small area that was closest to the festival where most people wanted to park. And it kept those streets from getting congested and spread parking out, but in the last two years people have discovered Rollingwood as being a convenient place to park," Rollingwood Police Chief Dayne Pryor said.

Chief Pryor says that had to change.

"When you add a couple thousand vehicles and people walking from those vehicles it just meant that many people in the streets and it became hard to manage," Chief Pryor said. "In the neighborhoods of Rollingwood closest to Zilker Park these "parking by permit only" signs will be placed every 100 feet. Vehicles without a permit may be towed."

Barricades and detour signs will also be posted but, residents tell us parking and traffic aren't their only problems.

"Trash in our yard. Unfortunately people don't think and they throw things, empty cups and leave them as they get in their cars," a Rollingwood resident said.

This year, the department will bring in off duty officers at the expense of ACL host C3 Presents, which will give Rollingwood more than $41,000.

"They're funding all the additional officers and the signage we're purchasing," Pryor said.

While most residents FOX spoke with say there are positives to living in Rollingwood during the festival there's a lot they're not looking forward to in particular, ACL rolling in twice.

"That's a bummer actually, because that's two weekends we have to deal with all of this."

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