Wallingford wrapping up Pat Wall Field parking lot expansion

Wallingford wrapping up Pat Wall Field parking lot expansion

Record-Journal


WALLINGFORD — Work to expand parking at Pat Wall Field is nearing completion.

Asphalt has been laid for two new parking areas that will provide 83 spaces. The town is expected to stripe the lots later this year or early next year.

“It looks very nice and I hope it meets expectations and is user-friendly,” Mayor William W. Dickinson Jr. said about the new parking.

The project enhanced parking in two separate areas of the field. There are forty spaces at the north end of the field behind home plate and 43 at the south end of the field along the first base line, according to project plans. A new sidewalk connects the two lots.

Town Engineer Rob Baltramaitis did not return a request for comment Thursday.

The project was in response to complaints about a shortage of parking during baseball games. At times, the public was forced to park along South Elm Street due to the lack of parking. The previous unlined parking lots had deteriorated and cars frequently parked on grass portions of the park and the sidewalk along South Elm Street.

“Presently, vehicles park in an unorganized manner utilizing both paved and unpaved areas of the site,” according to a project narrative submitted by the town to the Planning and Zoning Commission in February 2016. The zoning commission approved the project in April 2016.

Public Works Director Henry McCully believes the new parking lots will create safer and more efficient parking.

“I think the project came out really nice,” McCully said. “I’m very pleased with it.”

Dickinson could not provide a total cost figure for the work.

The lots will probably be striped later this year, McCully said, depending on the availability of Public Works employees.

The town originally planned in 2014 to create a 50-space parking lot by purchasing a vacant lot adjacent to the field for $135,000. The Town Council approved a tentative agreement to purchase the parcel, but the town ultimately switched course after nearby residents spoke against the proposal, citing quality of life issues among other concerns.

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