News Feature

Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 4, 2019
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The Pink Street walking trail leads to Main Street.

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by Faith DeAmbrose

It’s the official start of summer on an island that more than doubles in population and was built before cars determined the width of the roadways.

Where do I park? It’s a perennial question. The answer is: it depends.

For those visiting for the day, or for those working in town, and will not need their car for hours at a time, there is parking just out of town. A walking trail leads directly to Main Street. A Friday visit (from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) will find a Farmers Market by those upper lots.

Parking limits exist on Main Street, West Main Street and the town dock, and public parking is prohibited on the commercial fishing pier. If you’re lucky enough to land a spot downtown, note the time limit and plan accordingly.

The seasonal businesses rely on the summer months for the bulk of their revenue, said Stonington Town Manger Kathleen Billings, urging workers to use the off-street parking, the ball field and to car pool when it makes sense. “It’s already busy in town,” said Billings ahead of the July 4 weekend.

One final note: if parking seems questionable, look elsewhere because it is probably not allowed.