A special event ordinance will now allow Prosper police to enforce no-parking zones going forward, officials said.

Prosper Town Council members added a new parking-specific section to the town’s ordinance regarding special events and temporary outdoor seasonal sales during a Feb. 13 meeting.

The main takeaway

The new section specifically addresses congestion caused by temporary parking for special events, according to a statement included in meeting documents.

“You can imagine if cars are parked willy-nilly, or blocking personal property or whatever, it could be a safety issue as well,” Parks and Recreation Director Dan Baker said. “You can’t get emergency services in.”

Before now, town officials could install temporary signs restricting parking, but police could not properly enforce them, according to meeting documents.

The inspiration

Multiple residents emailed town staff in December to report parked cars dangerously narrowing some roads during a town holiday event, Town Manager Mario Canizares said.

There were also reported instances of cars blocking roads or parking on residents’ lawns during events such as Freedom Fest, Mayor David Bristol said.

“I appreciate both the parks department and the police department working together to try to bring something forward for [council] consideration,” Canizares said.