The Grand Prix des Grands Lacs announces a new traffic plan for the event

As the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau prepares for the 13th Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix, a new traffic plan will be introduced to more efficiently move race teams and fans through Washington Park, as well as to assist first responders in entering and exiting the parking lot as required.

Executive Director Jack Arnett cited continued growth as the main reason for the new plan.

“The success and growth of this event over the past 12 years has been incredible,” he said. “Because of this growth, we saw the need to adjust the way we operate. We have worked tirelessly with the City of Michigan City to streamline our processes and create a better experience for our OPA (Offshore Powerboat Association) partners and the fans who make this event a reality.

Once vehicles cross the Franklin Street Bridge, they will be directed to one of three gates. Gate 1, which normally serves as the main gate into the Washington Park parking area, will be limited to OPA boat/rider traffic, Michigan City Marina parking stickers, service vehicles, parking passes VIP, ADA parking lot (until full) and emergency vehicles. A valid Great Lakes Grand Prix parking pass will be issued to vehicles using Gate 1. Gate 2, located across from Washington Park Zoo, will be limited to Michigan City parking passes, passes vendor parking, service vehicles, ADA parking (until full) and Event Command parking passes. Gate 3, located at the entrance to the Guy Foreman Amphitheater, will be reserved for paid parking. All parking is limited. Free off-site parking is available at Ames Field, 2501 Franklin St., and the former St. Anthony’s Hospital parking lot at 1501 Wabash St. with free shuttle service to and from Washington Park.

“We understand change can always be confusing, but we have produced extensive directional signage and will work closely with the Michigan City Police Department to make this process as seamless as possible,” Arnett said. “It’s going to be another great event, and we’re excited to make it happen.”

The new traffic plan will go into effect Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, and parking gates will open at 6 a.m. each day, and as always, Washington Park will close at 10 p.m.


OPA Dry Pit Pass

OPA Team Auxiliary Pass

Service vehicle pass

Washington Park Marina Permit

VIP parking pass

Valid ADA parking permit


Washington Park Parking Permit

Vendor pass

Event Order Pass

Valid ADA parking permit

Service vehicle pass

Washington Park Gate Access and Parking
Washington Park Gate Pass

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