Hanging out in NoDa? Better not park at the Y


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The biggest buzzkill nowadays in NoDa is the lack of parking. If you've ever maneuvered through the vehicles parked (sometimes illegally) on the side streets of North Davidson on Friday or Saturday nights, you feel my pain. (If you're a resident in the thick of the 'hood, I truly feel for you.)

Unless you're going out after 9 p.m., it's about to get a little harder to find a spot to stow your car. Last week, the Johnston YMCA notified its members of a new parking policy in which permits will soon be required. Without one, you might get towed if you leave your car in one of the lot's 145 marked spots.

From the Johnston Y's website:

We feel fortunate to live, work and play in the NoDa community. More and more, adults and kids are making our neighborhood a destination of choice. While we are proud of the positive development happening here, we recognize the growth is creating parking lot access challenges for our members.We hope to alleviate this by implementing a parking permit program beginning October 1, 2014. Vehicles without a proper permit will be subject to towing at the owner's expense.

All active Johnston YMCA members, with a valid driver's license, will be issued an annual parking permit for access to the YMCA parking lot at no cost.

According to Molly Thompson, the Y's senior director of public relations and communication, the lot is available to the public after the Y is closed.

The Johnston Y is open Monday — Friday 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.—5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.


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