The parking lot off of Bailey’s Causeway in Scituate will receive upgrades from the recently implemented beach sticker fee program, which enables the town to take money received from beach activities and use it for improvements in the area.
According to Kevin Cafferty, DPW engineering supervisor, the parking lot will be paved over with a 3-inch elevation and, unlike the haphazard way cars fit into the lot now, will have designated spots for cars marked with paint.
“We wanted … to not only fund the beach but to make capital improvements to them,” said Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi. “We did an extensive analysis of all the parking lots and what was needed. This is the first one that we can start to improve the physical facilities of our beaches.”
The $29,000 project would be able to fit approximately 32 cars. After meeting with the Conservation Commission, the DPW may be able to fit 35 spaces in the lot.
Affording to Cafferty, fixes are “desperately needed” for the lot, which is currently plagued with potholes, uneven dirt, and sloping edges.
Scituate selectmen expressed concerns at their meeting on Tuesday, saying they hoped that by redoing the parking lot, they wouldn’t be reducing parking spaces by eliminating the clever ways people have found to park in the lot.
“I like that we’re improving it, but I don’t like that we’re hurting what we’re trying to do, which is to create more parking,” he said.
Cafferty showed many different configurations of parking spots for the lot, from which the DPW will be choosing in upcoming weeks.
“I think this is doable,” Cafferty said.
The Minot Beach parking lot is only one of the areas that will receive beach upgrades from incoming money.
Previously, that money from beach stickers went to Scituate schools, and the change angered many School Committee members. Yet Scituate selectmen asserted that the best use of the money would for it to be going to the service people were paying for.