Uptown Valet worked this Fourth of July at the Austin Country Club. Fireworks were free to fly this year as the burn ban wasn't as strict as last year. Uptown Valet helped manage parking, as Austin Country club was expecting over 1,000 guests for their fireworks show. Our task was to maximize parking efficiency for the guests and to report when various sections were filled to capacity so that guests wouldn't go towards sections of parking which had been filled up. A lot of cars parked in the parking lots, but when a few started parking outside the parking lot on Long Champ drive without having checked into club parking first man soon followed and we were never quite filled to capacity. We filled up most of the lots though and what guests did show up late in hopes for a spot were happy when we could point them to the few spots still available. In addition, we drove shuttles for guests coming from Long Champ when that area proved to be busier than expected.
After the fireworks went off we also assisted in shuttling some guests and in managing cars exiting the lot. We kept the flow of cars going as best we could and created space for carts or cars getting out of a parallel spot when needed. The line of cars itself extended up Long Champ to a stop sign; after determining the length of the holdup, one of us was posted up top to wave them through the stop sign - this eased traffic considerably.
We have done valet work at Austin Country Club in the past on major holidays and have managed some shuttles at weddings there but helping in parking was something new. We believe we handled it well and were happy for the opportunity to help them on the holiday. Our valets enjoyed the fireworks as well: