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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 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 . The spaces allow for two-hour parking from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fort Beach Lane: Located near , 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 , 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 '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.

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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.

Missy Scarlet November 10, 2011 at 05:26 PM
I don't know why Marblehead does not do the same thing that Swampscott does during the winter. They have an off-street parking ban, but residents with no parking can purchase a permit that allows them to park on the street unless there is a snow emergency. It only makes sense. If a resident doesn't obey the snow emergency, they lose the permit. Safe, simple, and even a source of revenue. This town seems to have no trouble at all inconveniencing its tax paying residents just to make life easier for the tax-funded departments. And as for the commercial-only spaces on Roundhouse Road, why should private businesses get designated public parking? The spaces should be open to all on a first-come basis. Some of the spaces should be restricted to vehicles under a certain size in some cases for safety-other than that-parking should open to all.
John Buba November 10, 2011 at 10:20 PM
I proposed this exact solution when I was on the Finance Committee. The result: nothing. Additionally I added that the fee would entitle people to park in any public building space (e.g. the huge school parking lots) during a snow emergency. If you want this kind of change then you have to vote out the incumbent Selectmen. Can you remember the last big policy initiative or change to come from this group?
Peter Lake, LAKE Real Estate March 22, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Now that the temperature's in the 80's and we've had 1/4" of snow all winter, do you think the town could lift the parking ban? And is there a mechanism for doing that? And shouldn't there be one?
Owen Boss (Editor) March 22, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Hi Peter: The town's parking ban will be lifted tomorrow night at midnight.

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