You want this crazy, impossible Nats season to feel real? Check this out: D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier is already planning for a possible World Series parade.
“We’ve already got that all sealed up,” Lanier told WTOP last week, when asked if the department has a plan for playoff success and accompanying celebrations. “We know we’re going [to the playoffs]. We’re real happy with the Nationals. We’ve been working with Major League baseball, with the Lerner family and plans are already in place for all those victory celebrations, the playoffs, everything that we need to have in place, because its going to be a big celebration for us here in Washington.”
WTOP’s Mark Segraves then asked who would pay for all this additional security.
“For specific events around the stadium, it would be like most large special events — we’ll ask for reimbursable detail, so that’ll be paid for by the Nationals,” Lanier said. “We’re still working on what the finalized plan’s gonna be and what it’s gonna cost, but once we get that done we’ll work with the Lerner family and get that finalized. There’s still a few things we’ve got to plug in. But in addition to that, there’s a lot of things that I’ve got to do that’s just part of policing the city when you have a large event like this. We’re gonna have a lot of people in a lot of areas around the city. It’s not just gonna be the stadium. There’s gonna be high demand for us all over. So the larger plan is going to encompass much more than just the stadium.”
Lanier went on to say that her biggest challenge, apart from the celebrations, would be “a lot of pedestrian traffic” in and out of Nationals Park.
“We would like to have Metro operating when they leave the stadium,” she said. “Certainly for those who take Metro in, we’d like them to be able to take Metro out, because it puts a lot of pedestrians out in the community.”
And she suggested that street closures and mid-street events could be a thing.
“We’re looking at possibly some events out in the roadways, blocking off some areas and doing some street events,” she said. “So if that happens, yes, they’ll be some restrictions and changes in parking and travel. We’ll make sure all that is publicized and available on our Web site, so people can get in and get out without having to worry about confusion.”
(Yes, this was last week’s news, but I never got to it. Apologies. Listen to the full segment here.)
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