There is a $15 parking fee per vehicle. Please car pool and save money.
Please follow the parking directions. There is no parking along the road in the neighborhood.
You should give yourself an hour before your rowers race to be safe. You will have to wait for the money collectors and wait to be parked. After you park you will have to find your way to C lot to walk the trail or take the shuttle to the grandstands. Later in the day it may even take longer if you are parked in the outer lots that require you to take a shuttle or walk to the main park.
Half of the money goes to the Park Authority that helps cover services and staff throughout the year. The other half goes to the regatta sponsor to cover their expenses.
Everyone has to pay, unless you are Sandy Run staff, regatta staff, officials or coaches. We encourage car pooling as much as possible.
Inform the money collector that you are dropping a rower off. They will collect the fee from you and give you a drop off ticket. You will have 30 minutes to drop off your rower. Stop at the money collectors on your way out and give them the ticket to receive your money back.
After the money collectors, you will follow Van Thompson Road into the park. Inform the parking crew that you are dropping off a rower and they will direct you into C lot where you will drop off your rower and then exit the lot. It is too busy below that point with pedestrians, rowers and boats for you to go any further.
Please let the money collectors know that you are leaving and coming back. They will issue you a ticket to re-enter.
Team buses and team vans with seating for 12 or more do not have to pay the parking fee.
Shuttles are provided by the regatta sponsors. If the regatta is large, we will be parking cars at the Van Thompson lot just past the money collectors. Shuttles are provided from that lot at no cost. On Championship regattas, vehicles will be parked at the satellite parking lot and bused in for a fee, but will not have to pay the $10 parking fee.
That lot is close to the park and there are trails to get to the main park. Please use the trails and stay off of the roads. Vehicles will be going in and out of that lot and it is not safe to walk the road.
There is a trail that can be walked from the C lot. The trail follows the contour of the land and has hills. When you come to a "T" in the path you will go left to the grandstands (about .6 miles) and if you go right that will take you to the lower boathouses (about .4 miles). DO NOT WALK ON THE ROAD TO THE GRANDSTANDS! There is also a shuttle van that runs to the grandstand from C lot, provided by the regatta sponsor.
The shuttles start running 45 minutes before the start of the first race.
There is a fee each way (usually $2). The money collected helps off set the rental and gas of the vans.
When you come to a "T" in the path you will go left to the grandstands (about .6 miles) and if you go right that will take you to the lower boathouses (about .4 miles). You will want to wear good walking shoes.
DO NOT WALK ON THE ROAD TO THE GRANDSTANDS!
There is no parking. The one lane road to the grandstands is just for the two vans that go back and forth and is unsafe for any other vehicles.
We have handicap parking spaces in C lot (close to the trail and shuttle) and in D lot (across from trailer parking).
A regatta staff member can drive you over to the grandstands. If you have a special wheelchair vehicle, you will need a "special permit". To get a "special permit", PLEASE CONTACT THE REGATTA SPONSOR TO OBTAIN A "SPECIAL ACCOMODATION FORM" PRIOR TO EACH REGATTA. Follow the instructions of the parking staff to follow the shuttle van over to the grandstands.
A park staff member can drive your elderly parent over to the grandstands if they can’t walk from the shuttle drop-off point to the grandstands. When you get to the shuttle, please ask a regatta volunteer to call the park services to arrange a golf cart to drive you from the shuttle drop off to the grandstand.
Pets have been banned because of dog fights, bites, dog defecation and tripping rowers as they carry expensive shells.
The regatta sponsors typically provide grilled foods, snacks and drinks as a fundraiser.