Northside Christian Church Offers New Albany Little League Parking Lot | New
FLOYD COUNTY – Northside Christian Church proposed to Floyd County Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting that she could help reduce the parking overflow from New Albany Little League games at Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park by donating a land for parking.
Although there have been discussions on the proposal, no action has been taken to indicate whether it will be considered.
Lack of parking in the park during Little League games forced people to park on the church grounds across the street.
Attorney John Kraft of Young, Lind, Endres and Kraft, who represented the church, donated part of the Northside property to the county for parking.
“It would greatly solve the safety issue for people crossing the road to get current parking,” Kraft said Tuesday.
Kraft told the meeting that Northside’s desire is both to create a safer place to park and also to alleviate some of the issues the church faces with overflow parking.
Little League asked commissioners in June for additional parking at the facility, saying before moving their fields to the park in 2018 they expected to have more than 400 parking spaces, but 258 spaces were built with it. the park.
Commissioners voted later in June to add 150 spaces to an area west of the park, which is expected to cost the county about $ 200,000, according to Commissioner John Schellenberger.
Northside board chairman Bill Collings said at Tuesday’s meeting that he didn’t think anyone would use the overflow parking lot the county approved earlier this year.
“They could use it to swing or play, but when the numbers come in they park in Northside,” Collings said.
“We’re mistreated, it’s not just weekends – it’s the default parking lot. You ask 20 people who went to their grandson’s football game, they parked in Northside on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, ”Collings said.
Commissioners chairman Shawn Carruthers said in terms of distance the walk from the new county ground to the baseball diamonds would be shorter than from where people park in Northside.
“It will take a while for people to realize that the parking lot is back there. I think with some direction people will use it, ”Carruthers said at the meeting.
Kraft said Tuesday that members of the community and public foundations have offered to help with the project. The New Albany-Floyd County School Corporation and the Prosser Career Education Center have both offered to provide labor and heavy equipment, according to Collings.
“We are counting on the county to lead the effort. We can’t lead the effort, we don’t want to build a parking lot and own a parking lot, we’re saying ‘Please take the land and run with it,’ ”Collings said.
Schellenberger said when the issue was first raised by Little League, the county looked at the area that Northside is proposing on several occasions, but the cost would have been around $ 900,000, a difference of $ 700,000. against the approved plan.
“It’s a big difference in cost. If it was pretty much the same then it would be something to dig deeper into, ”Schellenberger said on Tuesday.
The cost of using the county land would be reduced as they plan to use internal resources, such as the county engineer.
Schellenberger said the county is awaiting another permit for the lot, which it hopes to receive within the next month, and then will have to drive through town before the paving process begins.
“I would be okay with meeting with Northside, but again we will have to have something concrete in regards to the commitments so that I can change direction, because we have talked about this before and it is an issue that must be resolved. Said Schellenberger.
Looking at the cost, Schellenberger said he was more than willing to consider working with the church if it is able to commit to funding the difference in cost through donations and fundraisers if the county highlighted the $ 200,000 to $ 225,000 he planned to spend on the project.