Parking problems at Kelly Park

- On weekends in the summer, Orange County sheriff’s deputies sit outside Kelly Park in Apopka, turning people away from entering. The park is so busy all summer, it has neighbors fed up.  

All summer long, parking at Kelly Park has been anything but a walk in the park.

“I don't know how they manage to park all the people because the traffic starts 7 in the morning and finish at 9.”

You might call it a block party since the traffic blocks neighbors’ homes.

“Five-twenty-ish it sounded like there was a party outside. They already wrapped around the corner, started coming down the road. By six, you can't even get in and out,” said Chris Copley, who lives in the home closest to the park.

By 8 a.m. on Labor Day, deputies had already allowed 260 cars inside, reaching max capacity. On weekends in the summer, “it's just, there's so many people,” said Copley.

Copley deals with it all: rave music blaring, long line and people trying to park on his property.

“They moved our trash can just so they could park there, you know? So it’s like it wasn't even going to get picked up.”

Even after the park closes, “even coming out to go to the store and coming back, you still got to fight all the lines.”

Four deputies stay on duty to turn visitors away. The park has been so busy this summer, they’ll continue controlling traffic through the end of the month. Until then, the parking block party rages on.

“They’re just like yeah, let's crank it up, they're ready to party. and I'm like good morning, how's it going,” said Copley. 

Deputies say if you live in the area and are having problems with cars parking on your property or disturbing you, call the park itself. 

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