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  • 1.  Parking capacity alert

    Posted 09-26-2023 12:41

    Hi all - Here's an ask for this group: Are you aware of any state or agency that is using some sort of alert system that notifies visitors when a parking area has reached capacity? I feel like something has to exist somewhere and it would be great to learn more about it.

    Rachel Franchina
    Executive Director
    Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals

  • 2.  RE: Parking capacity alert

    Posted 09-28-2023 08:38

    Rachel, this is a great question and one we at NC State Parks have mulled over quite a bit.  However, the "hiccup" we are worried about is that if someone is traveling 3 hours to one of our parks. They check the "alert system" at 6 a.m., it will likely state that the park is open without any capacity issues, however, when they get there at 9 a.m., it could be at capacity and we are not allowing additional visitors in.

    I would love to hear what others are doing!


    Dave Head
    Planning Program Manager
    NC Division of Parks and Recreation
    Raleigh NC