Parking Problems for Residents Near Minnehaha Park

Updated: 07/04/2014 6:15 AM
Created: 07/03/2014 7:28 PM
By: Josh Rosenthal

So much to do, so few places to park.

Rosetta Marshall has lived right across the street from Minnehaha Park for 55 years. She says in the past few, it’s become nearly impossible to find parking.

"When you can't have a party, you can't have a shower, you can't have a repair man, you can't have any of that stuff because there's no parking around here," she said, "it's time to do something with it."

Other residents are worried the streets are so packed; emergency vehicles could have trouble getting through.

"If an emergency vehicle needs to get down here," explained George Thiel, "I don't really see how they're going to do it."

The neighborhood got Councilman Andrew Johnson involved. Some residents are lobbying him for permit parking, but he says about half of the people he's heard from are against it.

"This neighborhood is divided on this issue," he said. "I think the first step is figuring out what's really contributing to parking in this area."

Johnson says he's been in touch with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. He also inspected the neighborhood's signage, and he asked the fire chief to send a fire truck down, to make sure it could get through. He says it did.

Of course none of that addresses the long term problem for residents here, at least not immediately. We asked Marshall when she expected to finally see a change. She deadpanned, "I don't know if I'll live that long," and then started to laugh.

A spokesperson for the Parks and Rec Board says they don't think the problem is that there isn't enough parking, it's that people just want to leave their cars as close to the park as possible. They say they are working on the issue with the city.

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