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Brawley says parking not a problem for Cattle Call

October 29, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — As thousands flow into the city for the Cattle Call Rodeo and the week of events leading to it, local officials say the city is ready for the traffic.

Brawley police Lt. John Myers said the city has never had traffic problems from the swell of people who come into the city during Cattle Call week, which has its first event Saturday.

He added he does not expect problems this year.

He said during the rodeo weekend — Nov. 10 and 11 — police take the most precautions as people file in and out of Cattle Call Park and enjoy the Cattle Call parade.

To help the flow of traffic, police block the right-turn lane leading from Cattle Call Drive onto Highway 86 so vehicles can safely enter the highway in a steady stream.


The California Highway Patrol, as it does every year, will help beef up patrols to assist with drunken-driving incidents.

The county Sheriff's Office will have a unit available to move people arrested to the county jail so the number of police in Brawley is not reduced during the rodeo weekend.

Brawley Public Works Director Manuel Aceves said Cattle Call is not a problem for the city. He said his department is responsible for making sure potholes on Cattle Call Drive leading into the park and the arena are filled. He said his staff will fill potholes in the park.

With thousands traveling to the city, some will come with motor homes and trailers.

Aceves said as in years past, motor homes and trailers will be allowed to park on the terrace overlooking Cattle Call Park, just west of the city's water treatment plant.

He said the terrace can handle about 100 motor homes.

Danny Williams, president of the Cattle Call Rodeo Committee said parking is never a problem.

Over the coming week, the field in Cattle Call Park will be cut and prepared for the onslaught of vehicles that will be parked there.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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