ROXBURY, NJ – The days of squeezing your vehicle past cars parked on the eastbound side of Righter Road during big Horseshoe Lake Park sporting events are over.

The Roxbury Mayor and Council recently adopted an ordinance that bans parking on both sides of the road in Succasunna between Eyland Avenue and the Randolph border. Parking is currently banned only the westbound side of the road near the fields.

“The reason why we are doing this is for safety purposes,” said Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall. “During sports seasons, those areas just get totally packed-in with cars and it’s a safety issue with the kids leaving the cars and getting onto the fields.”

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Hall pointed out that the township “worked out a deal” with the Roxbury Day Care Center in which the business will allow its lot to serve as overflow parking for the sports fields. “So, we gain back between 40 and 50 spots,” he said, noting there’s a “little path” connecting the Day Care Center and the fields.

“Also, we are going to be redirecting folks back over to the Horseshoe Lake Park facility, on the other side of the fields, where there’s adequate parking,” said the councilman. “We not just trying to shut down parking; we are trying to redirect it.”

Hall said the township Traffic Committee discussed banning parking farther west on Righter Road near Roxbury High School, a section used for parking by students. The committee decided against it because the road is much wider there than it is near Horseshoe Lake Park. “We didn’t think it was as big of a problem,” Hall said.

He also noted that proposed future phases of the township’s Horseshoe Lake Park upgrade plan might include additional parking on the Righter Road side.

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