Parking Concept for Passionsspiele in Sömmersdorf
- Owner Association for Rural Development Würzburg
- Project period 09/2013 - 06/2014
Every five years, since 1933, Sömmersdorf hosts the Passion plays (Open-air Theater Event). During play days, and in particular during peak demand periods, a deficit in parking space is a persistent occurrence that cannot be accommodated with the current capacity. To counteract this fact the Planning Association for Rural Development from Würzburg is looking to relieves the parking pressure in the town and in particular the old part. The theater is to be professionalized and expanded in the future to host, between the Passion Play years, performances by own and guest productions. On play days, almost all town streets and open spaces are fully occupied with parking cars and buses. This makes it practically impossible to plan for restructuring or town renewal measures in the old town center. With the planned expansion of theater operations, the situation could only be exacerbated. Therefore, Sömmersdorf and in particular the old part must be relieved of the excessive parking demand. As part of the proposed parking space concept, a suitable operation and traffic management concept for parking arrivals and departures was developed. Additionally, to achieve the objective of easing parking pressure during event days, a new central bus park location is proposed and designed.