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May 29, 2014

Paid parking returns to village

Paid parking returned to downtown Cooperstown Saturday. Paid parking extends to the Doubleday Field Parking lot, as well as portions of Main Street and Pioneer Street downtown.

In the Doubleday lot, paid parking will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Columbus Day. Parking costs $2 per hour with a maximum fee of $14 per day. Tickets can be purchased at the three pay-and-display machines within the lot.

On-street parking in the downtown area is paid from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day. On Main Street from Pine Boulevard to River Street and on Pioneer Street from Church Street north to the end of the business district the fee is $2 per hour. There is a 2-hour time limit and pay-and-display machines are conveniently located throughout the downtown area to pay for on-street parking during the summer season.

Parking spaces designated as 15-minutes spaces are exempt from parking fees. Designated accessible parking spaces, which are reserved for those with appropriate license plates or placards, are also exempt from parking fees.

A downtown permit system, for those who regularly shop, work, or live in the paid parking area, has been implemented by the village. Permits enable holders to park in the permit-only Fowler Way lot, located off Chestnut Street near the Chamber of Commerce, daily between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. The same permit will allow holders to park in legal on-street paid parking spaces daily for up to two hours. Permits are not valid in the Doubleday Field parking lot.

Anyone desiring an annual permit may obtain one by providing an application form, proof of vehicle registration, and $25 fee to the office of the village clerk at 22 Main St. during regular business hours or by mail to P.O. Box 346, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Multiple permits for the same address are entitled to a reduced $15 fee.

Permits do not guarantee a parking space and do not exempt the holder from posted time limits or other parking regulations. It is important to note that the two-hour time limit on Main and Pioneer streets remains in effect. If a permit holder needs more time, it can be purchased at a pay-and-display machine. 

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