Where Can I Park During the Parking Ban? [POLL]
This week, Marblehead Patch provides a guide to off-street parking in Marblehead.
Marblehead's Off-Street Parking Ban will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28 and will continue until April 15, 2012 - and before it gets here, one of our readers wanted to know where they can legally park overnight.
So, earlier this week we set out on a mission to get our hands on a list of all of Marblehead's off-street parking spaces or a map that highlights locations where residents, their overnight guests or visiting family members can park their cars during the ban.
What we found, after speaking with the town's Parking Clerk and Marblehead Police Chief Robert Picariello, is that such a list, map or other resource for those interested simply doesn't exist.
"There is no map or list. People in town mostly know where to park, and we just tell people who ask us to ask their neighbors," Piciariello said.
On Wednesday, Parking Clerk Debbie Fadden provided a quick run-down of some of the places in town where people can park overnight, though she cautioned that many of those spaces require that the owners retrieve their vehicles before 7 a.m. or the will be ticketed.
Here is a list of some of the places you can park overnight during the parking ban. Before parking, be sure to adhere to the rules of each individual parking lot as they vary.
Since the police department recommended that residents ask their neighbors, we'd like to hear from you. Where do you park during the parking ban? Let us know in the comments section and we will add it to our list.
Roundhouse Road: This large parking lot off of Pleasant Street provides 72-hour parking. Some of the spaces are designated commercial and vehicles must be parked "head-on" - the lot must be cleared from 7 a.m., Monday Nov. 21 to 3 p.m., Nov. 22 for cleaning.
Rockaway Street: There are a handful of public parking spaces located across from the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society. The spaces allow for two-hour parking from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fort Beach Lane: Located near Fort Sewall, this parking lot provides about a dozen spaces for two-hour parking from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Abbot Hall: There are only a few spaces in the small parking lot in front of Abbot Hall, but Fadden said residents can legally park there overnight as long as they aren't interfering with any posted town meetings and they are gone before 7 a.m. The lot is designated "for municipal business only" weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ferry Lane: The parking lot near the Harbormaster's office also provides some spaces for overnight parking, though they too require that local motorists retrieve their vehicles before 7 a.m.
State Street Landing: The parking lot at the Philip T. Clark Landing is restricted to two-hour parking from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Winter 2011/2012 Off Street Parking Ban
"It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to park on any street for a period of time longer than one hour between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. of any day, beginning Monday, Nov. 28 and ending April 15. In the case of a snow emergency prior to Nov. 28, all cars will be required to be off the public way and the winter parking ban will be in effect immediately."
Failure to comply with the parking ban will result in a $25 ticket.
Do you think the town should provide local residents with a list or map of these spaces? Let us know by voting in the poll below.