Parking at the Park
Martin Park in Southern Pines is a haven for us dog lovers.
The park land was generously donated by Dr. Gayle Martin several years ago and has become a popular spot all year round. So popular, in fact, that parking is now becoming an issue.
Martin Park has no parking lot. The cul-de-sac is often full on the weekends and nice afternoons. Yesterday the park was so busy that a few people parked in the nearly empty Yadkin Plaza and, dangerously, in the median in front of the park. I understand the plaza is private property and the owner doesn’t feel like being neighborly. They have enough signs up to get their message across.
So, what is the solution? The town of Southern Pines should step up and clear an area in the front of the park for parking. In the meantime, Yadkin Plaza could sell parking vouchers for weekend use by park-goers.
This problem will not go away. It’s only going to get worse. Come on, Southern Pines, this park is a rare gem that needs just a little help. And, Yadkin Plaza, become a good neighbor, show some good will.
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