WALKER – The city and the Police Department are working on solutions to improve parking for next year’s Fourth of July festivities, according to Walker officials.
A resident of Ball Park Subdivision asked the City Council for help at its meeting on Monday, July 10.
Carolyn Monroe told the council that “too many cars came into the subdivision,” which resulted in visitors coming to see the annual fireworks parking in driveways and on the streets.
“People who live there couldn’t get in. If there had been a fire, the house would have burnt down," Monroe said.
“Parking is a concern,” Mayor Jimmy Watson said.
Parking cannot be allowed too close to where the fireworks are set off in Sidney Hutchinson Park for safety reasons, Watson said.
“We could make additional parking near the school (Walker Freshman High) and use a bus to transport people in,” he said.
An area outside the entrance to the park was used for parking and visitors used shuttled by golf cart to the field near Corbin Road to watch the fireworks.
But a forecast of rain never came true and visitors to the park continued until the fireworks began shortly after 9 p.m.
Police Chief David Addison said the large turnout “caught us by surprise,” but he will have extra officers on the subdivision streets next year to control parking.
“The Fourth of July is an opportunity to put on a show for the community, but people will have to realize they have to be care about parking in the neighborhood,” Watson said.