If you have a big outdoor event requiring lots of people to drive in, it can be tricky to know how it’s going to work in practice. Once you’ve ascertained how much space you’ll have, it might be tempting to simply leave that space for people to park in and be done with it. While it’s possible that this could work, there are lots of problems associated with this approach. People may not know where the edges of the car park are, so the cars could spill out across more of the land than you anticipated.
The trouble with not setting up an organised space for parking is that it can be unsafe and difficult to navigate. Also, if the venue you’ve hired has given you an allotted space for parking, anyone driving their cars outside this area might end up damaging the property of the venue if they drive across the lawn or damage the flowerbeds, meaning you, as the organiser, end up paying to get this fixed. Whether it is a sports event, a local fair or fete or a charity inspired music festival, you have to remember that if anything goes wrong, someone will be responsible. That person will be you unless you take security measures to prevent such incidents from occurring.
A Defined Parking Area
At some events, something as small as forgetting to have a defined parking area can lead to huge issues, particularly if nobody is being directed. You will end up with a large array of haphazard vehicles in a chaotic bundle. Accidents can easily happen in such instances. Organising a defined parking area helps to create a sense of order at the very start of the event, gives people an idea of what to expect and helps to prevent accidents from occurring before people have even arrived.
Instead of letting people park freely in the area, make more efficient use of space by hiring some temporary concrete barriers to manoeuvre drivers around the parking area in a sensible way to ensure that the correct capacity is reached and to make the space easier to navigate. Plastic fencing or metal barriers can be easily picked up and moved a few metres away if someone else decides they want to park up next to another car, but with a concrete barrier system, nobody can shift these, meaning drivers can only park in the space given.
You could choose to use these barriers around the perimeter of the car park alone, or to use a combination of high and low-level barriers to create individual parking spaces inside the area to make sure that everyone is parked safely and neatly. This can also help people who may not be able to judge whether or not their car will fit in a space between two cars parked in an ad hoc fashion, as people will know that the allotted spaces are ‘car-sized’, meaning space is used more efficiently and people have enough room to access their cars.
This also eliminates the need to hire lots of extra security guards or parking attendants to man the space. You can rest safe in the knowledge that nobody will be using the space in any way other than the way it is intended to be used, meaning you can relax knowing that your temporary car park is taking care of itself.
A Hired Security Team
That being said, if you are ever looking for added security, a hired team of bouncers or security enforcers can do you no wrong. There are security companies who provide hired muscle at events such as these. It can be important to hire security for the safety of both your attendees and your potential VIP guests. For events such as music festivals and sports events, people can get quite excited, so it is important to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Hired security have the experience and the know-how needed to quickly resolve any situation that may arise. It is better to be safe than sorry!
Ultimately, it is essential that you invest in the proper security measures for any sort of event. You have to think about the safety of everyone present at the event, otherwise, you may just be setting yourself up for failure. While we are not as far gone as the US just yet, the UK is fast becoming a ‘suing nation’, so it is crucial that you do not give any troublemakers the fuel to create a lawsuit. Cover your own assets and the safety of everyone attending your event, and you should have no trouble!
Article provided by Mike James, an independent content writer working together with Maltaward, a Sussex-based concrete, barriers and civil engineering specialist.