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Council OKs expanded parking at Rec

By a 5-1 vote Tuesday afternoon, the city council approved upgrades and expansion of parking areas in and around the Crowley Recreation Department.
The expansion is in line with the turfing and upgrades currently underway at the park.
At a previous meeting Tim Mader, city engineer, explained plans and specs needed to be approved and the bids advertised as soon as possible. “With the approval of the Recreation Department’s artificial turf project, the current parking lots are not efficient,” he said.
“In the ‘Master Plan’ for the upgrades, we figured Crowley would be hosting 30-team tournaments. We were told to estimate 10 parking spots per team and we had 300, so we were good,” Mader told The Post-Signal. “The problem — and it’s a good problem — is that Peter (Kirsch, Rec Director) has been booking 40-, 50-, 60-team tournaments.
“Using that same 10 parking spots per team calculation, we figured we needed to double our parking capacity.”
Mader also explained parking improvements were included in the City-Wide Street program. The estimate originally given to the council was in the range of $650,000 to $700,000, which would have paved the parking lots without increasing the number of spaces.
Latest cost estimates put the construction cost in the range of $1.8 million.
Tuesday’s meeting was, in fact, a continuation of the regular monthly meeting that began Thursday, Nov. 12, and was recessed when various council members voiced concern over the increased cost.
However, after a number of citizens from the community spoke in favor of the expanded plan Tuesday, it was adopted.
Only Alderwoman Kim Stringfellow voted against the plan.
Voting in favor were Steven Premeaux, Jeff Cavell, Lyle Fogleman, Clint Cradeur and Sammy Reggie III.
Not present were Brad Core, Vernon “Step” Martin and Byron Wilridge.

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