PSA: Accessing Kennedy Center parking garage during new construction

Kennedy Center construction activities are now underway, and certain entrances to the in-house Kennedy Center parking garage will temporarily close. Complete info here.

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2015 − In case you haven’t already read or heard about it, the Kennedy Center has embarked on a major project to add additional public and performance space on the Memorial Bridge side of the facility. Construction activities are now underway and have necessitated the closing of certain entrances to the in-house Kennedy Center parking garage.

Due to these changes, it’s suggested that Kennedy Center patrons driving to the center and planning to use the parking garage leave some extra time in their schedules to accommodate any short-term delays and confusion these entrance closures may cause, at least during the initial period of construction.

As a public service, we’re reprinting here, with included illustrations, key portions of a recent Kennedy Center press release CDN has received, detailing changes in how the public may access the Kennedy Center parking garage during construction:


Q: WHICH ENTRANCES ARE OPEN AND WHICH ARE CLOSED?


Open: Level A (North and South); Level B (North); Level C (North)

Closed: Level B (South); Level C (South)

Q: HOW WILL I ENTER THE KENNEDY CENTER PARKING GARAGE?

Patron access for parking will be on F Street NW, via 25th Street as well as New Hampshire Avenue. From Juarez Circle, proceed to either 25th Street or New Hampshire Avenue. Upon reaching F Street, make a right onto F Street and proceed to the garage parking entrances. Patron access will also be available via Rock Creek Parkway Northbound beginning at 3:30 p.m. weekdays and daily on weekends except for matinee exiting periods:

Q: HOW LONG WILL ACCESS BE DIVERTED?

Construction sequencing has been designed to re-open south access as quickly as possible. It is anticipated that access to Levels B and C South will re-open in 12 to 14 months.

Q: HOW WILL TRAFFIC BE MANAGED?

Traffic control will be provided to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, but we suggest you arrive early. In addition, the Kennedy Center has implemented pre-paid Parking on its website to speed up patron entry.


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Q: WHAT IS PRE-PAID PARKING?

The Kennedy Center has partnered with Parkonect to provide the ability to pre-purchase parking for center events. Simply go to the center’s Pre-Paid Parking Portal here to purchase parking. And you get a $3 discount!

Pre-purchasing parking is a simple four step process:

  • Select the date of your event using the calendar. Blackout dates apply.
  • Confirm your date. The number of pre-paid parking spaces will be limited daily to 
ensure plenty of spaces are available.
  • Log in or register. We suggest you create an account with Parkonect if you plan to 
visit the center on multiple occasions. Otherwise, you can continue as a guest to pre-
purchase parking.
  • Enter your payment information. If you are a donor to the center at Contributor level 
and higher, you will get an additional $2 discount (4 uses per membership) if you enter a promo code provided to you on your Kennedy Center account page.

You will receive a receipt via the email address you provide, or you can choose to have your receipt and entrance code delivered via text to your cellphone. Applicable rates apply.

Q: I HAVE AN OVERSIZE VEHICLE. WHERE CAN I PARK?

There are a limited number of oversize vehicle parking spaces located at the entry of Levels A, B, and C North. Please call our parking office to get further information about oversize vehicles at (202) 416-7988.

Q: CAN I STILL ACCESS THE ENTRY PLAZA TO DROP OFF A PASSENGER?

The front entry plaza will remain open at all times during construction for passenger drop-off, livery vehicle access, and shuttle pick-up and drop-off. If you drop off a passenger, you can access Level A South parking. One lane will remain open for patron access during the initial phases of construction.


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Q: HOW WILL I EXIT?

Patrons will exit to the North on Levels A, B, and C. All lanes will be converted to exits after all performances have commenced, usually at 8:30 p.m. evenings and after matinee curtain times on weekends. Traffic control measures will be in place to ensure smooth exiting after performances. Level A South will remain open with one entrance and exit at all times.


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