Homecoming parking restrictions announced

Photo of parking ticket on windshield

The DeKalb Police Department has announced changes to parking restrictions for Homecoming weekend via a press release distributed early this week.

The temporary parking restrictions allow for increased visibility and safer traffic flow on Greek Row streets beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, and they continue through 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

The following streets shall be posted as No Parking/Tow Zone from 2 a.m. – 6 a.m.:

  • Varsity Blvd.
  • Regent Dr.
  • Eco-Park Dr.
  • Fotis Dr.
  • Aspen Ct.
  • Spiros Ct.
  • Pappas Dr.
  • 1100-1400 Blk of W. Hillcrest Dr. (West of Annie Glidden Road)

Additionally, Greenbrier Rd. on-street parking will be prohibited, and vehicles parking on this street are subject to tow. Signs will be posted to reflect each of these temporary changes, and the city will vigorously enforce these restrictions.

Vehicles parked illegally will be towed and impounded, according to a DeKalb Police news release. Tampering with or removing a temporary parking restriction sign is punishable with a minimum fine of $500, plus court costs.

Homecoming Parade 2011

Homecoming Parade 2011

The City of DeKalb will also temporarily close roads along NIU’s homecoming parade route Friday, Oct. 11.  The parade–which will proceed from campus to Greek Row and back for a bonfire and pep rally adjacent to the DeKalb Nature Trail–will run from 5:30-7 p.m.  The roads will be closed a half hour prior to the start of the parade.

The parade route begins on Stadium Drive, turning east on Lucinda, north on Russell to Greenbrier.  The parade then proceeds on Greenbrier to Hillcrest east to Blackhawk and north to Ridge.  The parade route continues east on Ridge and south on Normal back to Lucinda.  From there, participants will proceed east on Lucinda to Kishwaukee Drive behind the Engineering Building to the site of the bonfire and pep rally that follow.

Alternatives for parking during homecoming weekend for guests and students without an NIU parking pass include NIU Lot O, Lot X, Lot C and Lot 20 from 7 p.m. Friday – 7 a.m. Monday. City parking lots in the central business district will be available for visitor and overflow parking as well. These lots will be available with parking restrictions lifted to insure ample space for visitors to the city and university areas. All lots are well lit and patrolled by police. The City of DeKalb  will not be enforcing routine parking regulations in the city parking lots within the central business district during this event. However, police will enforce ordinances or other laws as it relates to crimes or public safety concerns that occur in these areas.

For more information about the road closures and parking restrictions, call (815) 748-8400 or email dekalb.police@cityofdekalb.com.

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