2-hour parking limit approved around Jardin De Niños Park

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Redwood City council on Monday approved implementing a 2-hour parking limit around Jardin De Niños Park at Middlefield Road and Chestnut Street.

The parking restriction, which requires a second vote by council, will apply to two parking spaces on Chestnut Street and four spaces on Middlefield Road from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all days except Sunday and holidays.

The move is aimed at limiting longterm parking near the park.

Neighbors and park users expressed concern that long-term parkers are forcing families to park long distances away from Jardin De Niños Park, often walking with children along a busy roadway.

A subsequent review by city staff confirmed that a significant number of parked cars in the area were either employees of nearby businesses or residents storing their vehicles on the street for long periods of time.

Similar restrictions used at Spinas Park on Second Avenue have improved access for visitors and neighborhood residents, the city says.

The restrictions become effective 30 days after council votes on a second reading of the ordinance, at which point staff will issue a work order to install signs and will notify affected neighborhood associations about the change.