WOODLAND PARK, NJ - At the July 22 Borough Council meeting, an ordinance was approved that will prohibit parking during certain hours on streets near School #1 on McBride Avenue.
School #1 will be reopening as a district facility this fall as a preschool for 3- and 4-year-old children and serve a student population of 120. No busing is provided and these children will be dropped off and picked up by car. As the parking lot will be utilized for staff only, parents will be parking and physically bringing children to the school entrances due to their age.
Police Chief John Uzzalino gave a presentation at the July 8 Council meeting detailing available parking near the school. He noted that, traditionally, some children take part in the before and after care program, so this could reduce some of the traffic flow.
Chief Uzzalino noted that there will be staggered start and end times for each grade (8:25 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. and 8:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.) in hopes to space out arrivals and departures.
As there is very limited parking in the area, he said the ordinance needed to be accommodating not only to parents, but to area residents and businesses as well.
The ordinance will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Sept. 1 to June 30 of each year. The restrictions are as follows:
Parking will no longer be permitted on McBride Avenue along the east side curb line, 196 feet from the southeast corner of the McBride/Newby Avenue intersection.
From that point, there will be two parking spots, which will be utilized for parking at any time (across from the florist and indicated in yellow on the map).
The remaining 445 feet to the northeast corner of McBride and West 36th Street will be part of the school designated parking (in green on the map).
On Newby Avenue from the northwest corner of Newby/West 36th 528 feet towards the southwest corner of the intersection of Newby and McBride on the west side curb line of Newby will be part of the school designated parking (in green on the map).
Signage will be erected shortly to indicate these changes in parking restrictions and residents in the immediate vicinity will be notified.