The Source reported on April 30 about a proposed parking structure at Almansor Park. In the article we also embedded a survey for gathering readers’ opinions about the possible project. We have received 142 responses to date. 86 percent of responders considered the project as unnecessary, versus 14 percent of responders who think there is a need for a parking structure. Many readers left their comments on the article and the Source's Facebook page, claiming they are local residents and are against this project for a variety of reasons. So far we have not received comments that were in favor of the structure.
Some readers questioned the funding source of the construction. Sean McMorris commented, “The money the city wants to use to build this structure is federal Community Development Block Grant money, and that money is supposed to be used to benefit low-to-moderate-income people, not people who come from outside of the neighborhood who may not even qualify for CDBG money.”
Alex Rivest echoed McMorris’ opinion and said, “Like the famous 'Bridge to Nowhere' in Alaska as a sign for bad government and wasteful spending, I call this the ‘Parking Structure for Nobody’."
Readers also requested that the city do a thorough survey before making a decision on the parking structure. A reader identified as "Ming" wrote, “If the City plans to go ahead with the plan to turn the park into a mini-Angels Stadium, it should first conduct a thorough and scientific study of the need.”
Some residents gave suggestions for alternatives, a reader identifying herself as "Susan" said, “Build the parking lot structure between the YMCA and the Golf Course on Corto St. Building it there it will not be an eyesore.” And Tom Williams said one of the alternatives is “to make arrangement with Costco/Target/Other within a few block south of the Park to have a shuttle bus (ACT) for some days.”
On April 30, Director of Administrative Services Christopher Paulson said that the proposal was still under review and that no new information was available.