Parking makes traditions more difficult
On Saturday June 29 we visited Cooperstown to attend and shop at the Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair as we have done since it began many years ago. Part of this annual visit (along with others throughout the spring and summer months) is spent eating at one of the restaurants along the main street, picking up a few T-shirts, visiting several of the gift and souvenir shops, the antiquarian book store, Saturday craft and farmer’s market, art galleries, etc.
This past Saturday was different. No more free two-hour parking along the main street. No simple intuitive parking meters either. Apparently, according to one of the shops that we hurriedly ducked in and out of, visitors have to locate a mini-kiosk and buy a ticket using a credit card. Just the sort of thing to discourage weekend day-trippers in search of less stress and bother, not more of what normally goes on during the week. In any case, as we hurried back to our car that was in a free 15 minute zone in front of a bank, one of us remarked to a shop clerk that it may not have been the actual intent of the city to discourage tourism along the main street during the summer months, but it certainly has had that practical effect. We did observe that there was noticeably less foot traffic than in years past.
All was not lost however, since on our way out of town we did stop for a leisurely lunch at a very nice lake-front restaurant that had its own parking lot.
Paid Parking entertaining topic
It is entertaining to read about the village parking issues. I believe that parking has become a moot point as there is no good reason for local residents to frequent Cooperstown from Memorial Day to Labor Day.