Basketball court overturned for parking lot in Manchester
A proposal to restore and renovate the basketball courts at Harriman Park having been rejected, the space is about to become a parking lot. A small playground in the park will, however, be upgraded. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)
In doing so, a majority of aldermen sided with Alderman Ed Osborne and city officials, who said they did not want to see basketball return to the park, which is located at the corner of Lake Avenue and Hall Street.
"Harriman Park has been one of the really under-utilized (parks) in some regards because of the deterioration of park facilities, and the over-utilization by elements we really don't want to have in the park," said Leon Lafreniere, director of planning and community development for the city.
Plans for a Harriman Park upgrade follow the recent restoration of the nearby Odd Fellows Hall into an office building for social service agencies. The city wants to provide parking at the former basketball court. Also, it recently bought two houses adjacent to the park and will use the property for park expansion.
"The parking doesn't need to be there. We need that space for the neighborhood," Craig said.
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