Local library calls on URI for more patron parking
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) – As a South Kingstown library risks losing more safe parking spaces to the University of Rhode Island, library employees are growing concerned they will see fewer patrons.
The Kingstown Free Library was given six spots in an apartment lot across the street. Now that URI is taking two of those those spots back, the library is left with only four.
“We asked them to reconsider, they told us they’d give us four spaces up until June 20, 2022…We really need those six spaces permanently,” said Tim Murphy, President of the South Kingstown Library Board of Trustees.
The church across the street allows library patrons to park there occasionally. But crossing the busy road makes patrons wary.
“There’s never a time where all traffic is stopped, so it’s tough for people with children, for older people, for almost anyone to get across,” Murphy said.
Murphy worries now that patrons are struggling to find safe parking, they’ll stop coming.
The library, originally used as as meeting site for the Rhode Island General Assembly, was built a hundred years before the University was established.
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