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Councilors Looking Into Additional Parking at Community Center

Three years to the month since the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center opened to the public, city officials are looking into ways to alleviate the facility’s parking problems by adding additional spaces.

The issue was initially brought up at the Feb. 23 city council meeting when Parks and Recreation Director Mark Brislin said a lack of adequate parking was one reason people were telling him they weren’t renewing their annual memberships.

Outgoing City Manager Guy Santagate touched on the issue again during last Wednesday’s council meeting, saying officials have been looking into several options for adding additional parking, including spaces behind the nearby Sugar River Valley Technical Center where some trees were recently taken down.

Brislin cited during his presentation to the council that while annual memberships have declined slightly in the past year, day passes have increased from 362 in February and March of 2015, to 423 during that same two-month span so far this year.

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