EL PASO, Texas -

The Streets and Maintenance Department will be able to mark the no parking zone around San Jacinto Plaza by painting the curb yellow instead using poles and signs to restrict parking.

The move is meant to remind motorists parking is not allowed adjacent to the park.
 
City Council Tuesday ratified an amendment to Title 12 of the City Code, which prohibits parking around the plaza. The move allows for the language restricting parking there to be modified from "no stopping or standing - tow-away zone" to "parking prohibited at all times."
 
City officials say the changes were necessary to keep motorists from parking in the travel lanes adjacent the plaza, which is traffic safety hazard. Parking in the travel lanes adjacent to the plaza has also contributed to landscaping damage because people step on the vegetation when they exit the vehicles.
 
"Parking restrictions around San Jacinto Plaza are not new. What we are doing is amending the ordinance to allow us to mark the curb with the parking restrictions so that we can minimize sign clutter at the newly renovated plaza," Streets and Maintenance Department Director Ted Marquez said. "Sufficient parking exists and will remain by San Jacinto. They include metered parking spaces across the street from the park, as well as, nearby garages and parking lots."