New Bedford suspends pay-to-park program at Pope’s Island

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said Tuesday that the city will suspend implementing paid parking at Marine Park on Pope’s Island.

The city unanimously voted to adopt the pay-to-park program earlier this year.

The 172 parking spaces also serves Noah’s Place, the city’s handicapped-accessible playground that was donated on behalf of the Team Noah Foundation.

City officials said they took into consideration families with children with disabilities that use the park, while figuring out a way to lower parking congestion in the summer.

“By reserving spaces for Noah’s Place and allowing playground users to park free for two hours, the policy sought to carve out spaces for playground users while ensuring reasonable turnover of those spaces so that they might be fully utilized,” said the city in a release Tuesday.

Many people who visited the playground said there wasn’t a problem with parking to begin with.

Mitchell asked the Port Authority and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches to take “further review and consideration.” The policy will be suspended until “assessed more closely this summer.”


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