Dozens Ticketed or Towed Near Nationals Park

Some Nationals fans already upset about a loss were greeted with an unpleasant surprise as they went back to their cars post-game Monday.

Most D.C. parking meters are suspended on federal holidays, which of course includes Memorial Day.

Fans noticed parking meters near the ballpark in southeast D.C. state, "No fees on holidays."

"They need to rework the sign," one frustrated driver said. 

When you make a phone call to the District's 311 call center, you are initially told, "Parking enforcement is suspended," then more than 30 seconds later, callers are told parking around Nationals Park is always enforced on game days, despite the holiday rules.

The confusion extends to one block of 4th Street SE, where residents can park on one side during games and on the other side, no one can park. 

"You'd think it'd be more clear," one Nats fan said.

"It's confusing! " another chimed in.

Some drivers were given $25 parking tickets -- several others weren't so lucky. Upon returning from the game, their cars were towed.

A spokesperson from the D.C. Department of Transportation told News4 they try to strike a balance between neighbors and Nationals fans. As for the confusing signs, they said it's up to drivers to check signs. 

D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh said she has spoken to transportation officials several times about clarifying the signage. 

"I keep pestering them, banging my shoe on the table but I'm not getting the response I would hpoe for," she said. 

Cheh said part of the problem is that three agencies are involved in D.C. parking management.

"DPW identifies the sign problem, DDOT is supposed to fix the problem and DMV dismisses the tickets," she explained.

Though this is nothing new, it's important to remember ahead of July 4 -- another federal holiday with a Nationals home game.

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