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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

ATTN: City of Winston-Salem

Great park you have there, Shaffner Park, at the corner of Yorkshire and Silas Creek Parkway. Tennis courts, a playground, soccer fields... Real popular with the pint-sized soccer crowd and fams on weekends.

HOWEVER.

It is virtually impossible to get past most of the day Saturday. Once the small lot is full, cars line up and park all along BOTH sides of Yorkshire, which is but a two lane residential road. Cars block the bike path. Cars block the crossing area. Large numbers of pedestrians cross seemingly randomly and without so much as glancing to see if cars are turning off Silas Creek.

Someone is going to get killed. I am not exaggerating.

And I am not the only one noticing.

This past Saturday I note that three of the four calls to the police for PARKING COMPLAINTS are at that location. I also note at least two TRAFFIC ACCIDENT reports in the corresponding block of Silas Creek. Perhaps because those wishing to turn onto Yorkshire have to slow from 45 down to about 5 to avoid colliding with cars trying to come down Yorkshire?

And yet an easy solution exists: enforce safe parking. Direct overflow parking to park up Yorkshire the other side of Silas Creek, at Sherwood Forest Elementary. There is a pedestrian tunnel that will bring them to the park side of Silas Creek.

Require those renting the soccer fields to pay a parking deposit to be used if parking becomes so hazardous that police need to be sent to investigate and/or direct traffic.

Why should the soccer people have to pay? Because it's ridiculous for public resources to be used for what is a continual - yet solvable - problem.

Whatever you do, do something. Because, as I said, someone is going to get killed. I'm not exaggerating.
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