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Residents near Santucci Park to get permitted parking

Busy park has led to problems with visitors parking in front of houses
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Visitors to Bill Santucci Park in west Roseville aren't parking in appropriate areas, causing problems for the neighborhood, according to city staff and residents.

These residents say the high volume of cars parking in front of their houses makes it difficult for them to find close parking to their residences or to navigate trailers down the narrowed street. They also expressed safety concerns during Wednesday's city council meeting.

The council unanimously approved installing permit parking near Santucci Park from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Residences will get two permits each to display in their cars.

But residents said this doesn't go far enough in solving the problem.

Parks, Recreation and Libraries Director Dominick Casey agreed that visitors should park in the adjacent Coyote Ridge Elementary School and other street side parking not in front of houses.

"It is a very busy park," Casey said. "We program it in the spring for baseball and in the fall it's soccer and it's also rented for special events and soccer clubs because it's a clustered or joint-use facility with the school ... the real challenge is getting people to park in the right spot."

Roseville resident Aileen Logan said she provided input on the design of Bill Santucci Park several years ago, and was told by the city that cars parking on the streets wouldn't be a problem.

"When the city says (cars are) not going to be pulling into our neighborhoods and parking in our neighborhoods, we believe them," Logan said. "And that hasn't been the case."

City staff said they'd review the need for permitted parking on weekdays.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.