As the Red Sox get ready for their first home game this season, a new city ordinance is taking aim at out-of-towners who illegally use resident parking spots near Fenway Park.
Beginning Monday, visitors parked without residential stickers in neighborhoods near the ballpark will be slapped with a $100 citation — a $60 increase over fines doled out for the same offense last year.
“We’ve heard from residents that finding a parking spot in the Fenway and Kenmore neighborhoods during baseball games is a burden, and this legislation aims to improve that experience,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement last week, after signing the ordinance.
The fine increase, a pilot program timed to roll out on Opening Day, was proposed by Councilor Josh Zakim last month, and was quickly passed by elected officials before landing on Walsh’s desk.
The increased fines are in effect starting two hours before a home game, and end two hours after the end of play. The pilot program will last through Dec. 31.
“These changes will help restore the parking balance in the neighborhoods around Fenway Park during some of the busiest months of the year — an issue I’ve consistently heard about for almost two years,” Zakim said in a statement.
Collectively, over 10,000 resident parking citations were issued during the last two Red Sox seasons, officials said, as crowds rushed into the city to catch a game at Fenway.Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.