Expanded Glendon Street parking lot now open



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CLIP! And the red ribbon falls to the ground. Public Works Director Dave Ford did the honors at the official opening on October of the newly constructed Glendon Street parking lot. Left to right are Roger Murray III, Chip Maxfield, Selectman Chuck Storm, Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce President Amy Piper and Hugh Crawford. (Elissa Paquette photo) (click for larger version)
November 01, 2012
WOLFEBORO — Parking anyone? There are 106 spots convenient to Main Street that await the pleasure of the public anytime. Just follow Glendon Street down to the newly-reconstructed municipal parking area adjacent to the Bridge Falls Path.

The expanded lot includes good news for fishermen and boaters – around 20 of the newly-striped spots along the stone wall parallel to Lehner Street are reserved for boats and trailers. The town parking near the condominiums along Back Bay will thus be freed up for downtown shoppers.

Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary DeVries congratulated Public Works Director David Ford and Director of Development Rob Houseman for a job well done as they gathered with town officials and Chamber members to cut the ribbon for the newly-completed Glendon Street parking lot last Thursday morning, Oct. 25.

A parking report by the Community Betterment Committee was presented to the board of selectmen as long ago as 2003. In 2007, Roger Murray III and Chip Maxfield, who were addressing the issue in connection with the town's master plan, stepped forward to carry the ball along with the Chamber of Commerce.

A 2008 parking census and study of demand through all four seasons established the need. "We had great support from all the merchants," said Murray, and a subsequent warrant article for $250,000 to purchase the land passed by a 73 percent majority vote in 2009. He remarked that he's previously come to view his grandchildren's sporting events on Foss Field and not been able to find a place to park. That shouldn't present a problem any more.

The renovation of the lot adjacent to the Bridge Falls Path and construction of the new extension included the installation of new drainage infrastructure and conduits for underground electrical wires. All that is now covered with smooth black pavement.

Parking spaces delineated with bright white stripes are lit at night with lamps that send their light rays downward in compliance with the town's dark sky ordinance rather than up toward the sky.

Eleven Liberty Elms and three mature Maple trees have been planted within the lots to provide shade along with their appreciable esthetic qualities, and care was taken to preserve the lines of birches along the boundaries during construction.

"I'm very excited," said DeVries. " I am very grateful that we have a Town Planner and Public Works Director who think about the future and consider esthetics…this could have been just a big, open parking lot." She also credited Barry Muccio of the Municipal Electric Department, for his contributions to the lighting design.

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