The Dodgers on Tuesday night hosted a community meeting to review their plans for the upcoming baseball season, including the reopening of the Scott Gate, which some Echo Park residents fear will worsen traffic in the primarily residential area west of the stadium. The Dodgers have said they need to reopen the Scott Avenue entrance to the stadium to help handle what is expected to be record-breaking attendance this year and to relieve pressure on the other ballpark entrances. The Eastsider did not attend the meeting but some of the residents who did, including Dana Starfield, were disappointed by what they heard.
Starfield said that residents voiced concern about the need to increase the safety of people walking to the games as well as those exposed to traffic congestion and rowdy fans. “After attending last evening’s meeting at Dodger Stadium regarding the re-opening of the Scott Ave Gate, it became clear that the meeting was more of an informational [session] than a community discussion about steps to ameliorate the impact on local residents,” Starfield said in an email. “Had the Dodgers intended on including the community in a discussion, they would have done so months ago, not after they’d solidified their plans with an announcement weeks before opening day.”
In response, Starfield, who moved to Echo Park about year ago from the Mid City area, has begun an online petition she hopes will convince the Dodgers to keep the Scott Gate closed this season.
* Update: Dodger spokeswoman Renata Simril the reopening of the Scott Gate, now called the Stadium Way Gate B, will not result in changes to “signage and/or neighborhood protection” intended to shield Echo Park residents from game-day traffic. Said Simril:
There is existing signage at Scott and Glendale Boulevard indicating ‘No Stadium Access’ and we are proposing to add additional signage directing drivers to access the stadium via Sunset Boulevard. To further address resident concerns that were raised at several community meetings, we are proposing to add DOT officers at key intersections along Scott Avenue. Drivers who attempt to use Scott will be directed to turn around. We are also working to create parking placards which will be issued to residents on Scott and surrounding streets so that they will be able to gain entrance to their streets.
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