The parking lot hours, to be sent to the Claremont City Council next for its approval, were 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from March to October and 6:30 a.m. To 5 p.m. from November to February.
"I'm very disappointed," said resident Dean McHenry after the meeting about the hours, which he felt could be lengthened. McHenry was one of four residents who were not happy with what they felt were shortened park hours.
Adirondack Lane resident Avi Hershkovitz said he understood the complaints from other residents but as someone who lives next to the park "the relentless pressure by the exploding number of visitors has been affecting our lives for five years. We have been struggling for normalcy for our life and for our children's life."
Additionally, commissioners voted for people to purchase four hour permits at a fixed fee price of $3 at the parking meters or obtain an annual permit for $100 per calendar year. Also part of the item, is that a parking permit is free for Claremont residents and Claremont Colleges students for parking in the south parking lot and will be issued every three years, at two per household.
The voting ended up being five commissioners approving the item with Andy Winnick voting against because he wanted to table the item to discuss it further and chair Butch Henderson abstaining over a lack of resolution over addressing all of the issues in public comment.