Cool pool: Onesty parking furor evaporates
After weeks of worrying about parking problems at Onesty Family Aquatic Center, pool neighbors say a smooth opening weekend has slowed the ripples of anxiety.
“I was shocked that cars weren’t in my yard,” says Eleanor Wilson, who lives three houses away from the $3.8 million complex on Chesapeake Street and had feared her street would be lined with the cars of poolgoers.
According to Wilson, who doesn’t have a driveway and thus relies on street parking, her fears weren't realized. In fact, she says cars never parked farther than her next door neighbor's house.
Bob Manners, the City’s supervisor of aquatics, says the opening weekend was “a huge success.”
“Everybody I talked to had a great time,” says Manners, who adds that he hasn't heard any complaints about the parking. That's not to say that traffic along Meade Avenue hasn't been more congested since the pool opened.
“As someone who’s lived there for five years, it’s always been a busy street, but now it’s going to be busier,” says Meade Avenue resident Holly Hatcher, who says she's noticed speeding cars and says that, combined with increased pedestrian and bike crossing, is “enough to cause concern.”
But Michael Minter, who has lived on Meade Avenue for 13 years, says he has seen a reduction in speeding along Meade since Onesty opened June 19.
“It’s been better since the pool opened,” says Minter, who lives seven houses away from the pool. “With the pool open and parking on both sides of the road," Minter says, "people are slowing down.” Since the pool opened, only one car has parked in front of his house, and Minter says he doesn't mind future parkers “as long as they didn’t block the driveway."
Minter says he never believed parking would be a problem around the pool.
“People are blowing this way out of proportion,” Minter said. “If they sit back and stop complaining, then everything will be all right.”