Summer parking problems can be eased with tweaks
Parking is very tight at the west end of Delaware Park, especially with Shakespeare in the Park in progress and the soccer field and playground getting more use than ever. It’s great to see the park well used. But there has been concern expressed about the Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s plan to lease the casino to a private restaurateur, which would involve converting 40 currently public parking places to private/pay spaces.
While I can’t speak to the wisdom of a private business in a public park, I do have a suggestion for easing the parking crunch: allow parking on both sides of Rumsey Road. It’s a wide, one-way street that runs along the south boundary of the park, but parking is currently allowed only on the north side.
Both Norwood and Ashland avenues are one-way, with parking on both sides; they are narrower than Rumsey and much more densely built upon. There are dozens of possible spaces unused on Rumsey; all that would be necessary is a change of signage.