Park and Recreation Department requests more parking at Topstone

Rob Blick, director of Redding Park and Recreation, has requested to move the entrance gate to Topstone Park back 200 feet from its current position in order to allow more cars to be parked at the entrance instead of on the road or blocking the gate.

Mr. Blick made the request to the Conservation Commission because the gate and extended parking lot would be in wetlands. Commission members had a site walk of the area on Saturday, Jan. 5, and will report their findings at their next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

There are currently seven spaces for cars to park in front of the gate when it is closed. By moving it back 200 feet, “we think it will add nine to 10 more spaces,” said Mr. Blick. “We want an organized area. We don’t want people to park on the side of the road.”

Though the gate might be closed, people still use the park to hike or walk their dogs. If people park in front of the gate and someone is injured in the park, it would be hard for an ambulance to get through, Mr. Blick said.

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