Looks like the free parking around Dickey-Stephens Park is about to shrink a little. According to a story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, North Little Rock city officials are considering issuing permits to residents in the Argenta neighborhood around the park to prevent outsiders from parking along the streets. Presumably, this would mean you would have to have an Argenta sticker in your window or else you will get a ticket on a game night. I'm not sure why a sign wouldn't do the trick, but whatever.
Here's an excerpt from the Democrat-Gazette story regarding parking costs at Dickey-Stephens. Note the last line. Hmmm, wonder where he's hearing parking cost complaints?
Seventy-four years of free parking at Arkansas Travelers games will all but end next year under a proposal made by North Little Rock, the team’s new landlord. Fans would pay $3 per vehicle to park in 533 spaces on a lot adjacent to the city’s new Dickey-Stephens Park, according to the parking plan announced this week. A 7-acre tract owned by the city is being converted into the lighted parking lot.
An additional 167 spots in the lot would be divided, at no extra cost, between season-ticket holders and luxury-suite renters: 125 season-ticket spots available on a first-come, first-served basis, and 42 spaces for the suites. Mayor Patrick Hays said he will ask the City Council to approve the parking plan at its Dec. 11 meeting. The estimated $80,000 in projected annual parking revenue would pay for lighting, security and upkeep of the parking lot, city officials said.
Longtime Travelers General Manager Bill Valentine said he’s already grown tired of parking-cost complaints.