Parking changes at Sayre Park |

Parking changes at Sayre Park

Transportation Responsibility & YouSabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Sabrina Harris

One of Glenwood Springs’ busiest city parks, Sayre Park, will soon have extra parking spaces. The city of Glenwood Springs plans to convert the parallel parking into back-in diagonal parking on the north side of Sayre Park the first of next week, weather permitting. This should create additional parking spaces for the park and slow traffic down by reducing the raceway look of the wide street.

Last summer, North Hyland Park Drive neighborhood requested the city of Glenwood Springs’ Traffic Calming Committee to help improve their quality of life after watching high volume, high speed, cut-through traffic from Grand Avenue on their neighborhood street. In an effort to resolve these safety issues, the Traffic Calming Committee installed two stop signs at the intersection of Blake Avenue and North Hyland Park, making it a four-way stop intersection. In September 2006, City Council approved implementing back-in diagonal parking on the north side of Hyland Park to reap the benefit of additional parking spaces, to better control the traffic around the park and protect the children at play. The project was originally planned to be completed last November, but due to the weather, the city was unable to do so. The city chose back-in diagonal parking because it provides a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly design than parallel parking. Children are directed to the sidewalk and protected by the door, and it is safer and easier to load and unload picnic baskets and other belongings out of the trunk from the sidewalk.

For more information on Glenwood Springs Traffic Calming Policies, visit the city of Glenwood Springs Traffic Calming Web page at http://www. calming.htm. For questions or comments, call 384-6427.

Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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