District to address parking around Lincoln Elementary School

Staff use different parking lots around Lincoln Elementary School, and there is limited on-street parking around the school.

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The site just northeast of Lincoln Elementary School where the transition house once stood could become a limited parking area for teachers and staff.
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JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Public School District will look to address parking concerns around Lincoln Elementary School with a goal of potentially creating a parking lot by this fall, according to Superintendent Rob Lech.

Lech told the Jamestown Public School Board at its meeting on Monday, May 16, that the school district was informed that staff and parents will not be able to use the parking lots around Lincoln Elementary School after this school year.

“With Eventide (Senior Living Communities) purchasing the Legacy Center and the majority of the lots around Lincoln Elementary, the school district was informed that staff and parents will no longer be able to utilize parking lots for staff/family parking or for parent pickup/dropoff,” Lech wrote in his superintendent’s report.

Eventide has signed a purchase agreement to buy the Legacy Center, said Carrie Carnie, vice president of marketing and communications at Eventide. She said Eventide expects to close on the purchase until July.

Lech said staff use different parking lots around Lincoln Elementary and there is limited on-street parking around the school. He said the school district does not own the parking lot directly south of Lincoln Elementary School or the one on the north side of the school campus located near the corner of 4th Avenue and 6th Street Northeast.


“There is just a high concentration of people dropping off and picking up at the beginning of the day and the end of the day and we want to make sure that the pickup and drop off is as safe as possible,” he said.

Lech said discussions about any solutions are very preliminary.

Lech proposed two solutions to help ease some of the on-street parking by Lincoln Elementary staff. The first is creating diagonal parking on 3rd Avenue Northeast just west of the school, which is the least cost effective of the two solutions.

School board member Diane Hanson said diagonal parking on 3rd Avenue Northeast will create safety problems because vehicles will be backing up onto a highly concentrated street.

Lech said other concerns about creating diagonal parking on 3rd Avenue Northeast include snow removal and having to move the fence and the sidewalk.

“You are likely going to move that play structure too,” he said.

The other solution is to build a parking lot north of the playground that could create 20 to 22 parking spaces. He said packed gravel could be used in that space to make it more cost effective to create the parking lot.

“We have an opportunity that we didn’t have two years ago or even a year ago where the transition house was,” he said. “We had significant amounts of conversations of what could that space look like if you look at where the transition house previously was and where the fencing line has been, if you extend that fence all the way on the north side all the way to the school building, you could create a parking lot there.”


The school district had discussions of expanding the playground at Lincoln Elementary where the transition house was formerly located, Lech said.

He said there is a spot to the east of the school along 4th Avenue Northeast where three parking spaces are available that would need to be paved to meet the code for handicap parking.

“I don’t find another option,” he said. “I think if we don’t do anything it’s going to be really challenging around Lincoln Elementary with 200 kids at 8 o’clock in the morning and at 3:30 each day and with busing.”

Lech said creating the parking spaces will allow more spaces for parents to pick up and drop off children at the school.

Lech said he intends to continue conversations with Interstate Engineering about creating parking spaces. He said he will need to revise the school district’s capital projects plan.

“We would have to determine the scope of work that we are doing and get a quote for what that cost is going to be, and then build it into our capital projects plan,” he said. “We still have to determine the scope of the project and the cost.”

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct that Eventide Senior Living Communities has signed a purchase agreement to buy the Legacy Center in Jamestown. Previous information provided to The Jamestown Sun said Eventide had not yet signed the purchase agreement.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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