Future of St. Ed Core: Ball Parks and Parking Lots?
By Peter Lance
I think one of the big snow jobs that are overwhelming the Park Commissioners are the traffic and parking issues. Daniels, Hankinson and the City of Kenmore seem to turn a blind eye to this? I don’t think the ballfields and hotel will play well with park visitors or each other. I think the combined effects of the individual proposed changes in the park are NOT well understood. The Daniel’s proposal claims, “We don’t expect the park entrance road to be widened or altered as a result of this project.” Maybe not, however add baseball to this and you probably have a Perfect Storm of internal traffic and parking problems. Having professional parking and traffic studies done before anything is agreed is just common sense.
Here are some of the issues:
Replacement Parking: – The ballfield is now used for parking during events like the summer concerts. This will be lost when the 2 new fields are built.
Ball Player Parking: – The new ball players will require parking.
Traffic Jams: – Ball players, hotel patrons and park visitors will often be driving in and out at the same time of day. Expect real frustration when ball fields are being turned over? (A game or practice is ending and new teams arriving.)
What will the plateau of the park look like when the trees are actually removed?
What activities will be lost to the park?