An alert — and unhappy — “06880” reader writes:
For a long time, a number of pickleball players have used the parking lot behind 25 Sylvan Road South to access the public courts behind Saugatuck Elementary School.
In fact, the Parks & Rec Department told those of us taking their clinics to park there. We park all the way in back. We rarely stay more than 2 hours — mainly on evenings and weekends
None of us have ever seen the back lot remotely filled, even during the busiest weekday times. Yet here’s the sign we found today.
Sure, it’s private property. But is this really necessary when no real problem exists? A little heavy handed? On weekends, when the offices are basically empty?
I walked in with the Staples tennis coach, who was even more surprised than I was.
Okay, I won’t park there. But I certainly won’t rent space there either. Karma!
The reader emailed later, with a PS:
School starts soon, so the courts can only be used after school or on weekends. Most folks will just use the school lots.
And most of my pickleball crowd prefers to play at Compo, the new bathroom notwithstanding.
It was the mean-spiritedness of the sign that bothered me most.