Friday, July 22, 2011

Troy Park Parking

The proposed Troy Park Tennis & Sports Center is struggling to come out of the ground. Though the Howard County Tennis Partners have negotiated a 40 year lease with the county for 14 acres of land in the Troy Hill Park in Elkridge, they still need to raise $44 million in order to build the complex. According to this story by Kellie Woodhouse in Explore Howard, “the complex will include 18 outdoor and 12 indoor courts, an 8,000-seat multi-sport stadium — the 10th largest tennis-specific venue in the country…”

If they are ultimately successful in raising the money and bringing major tennis events to HoCo there is some question as to where people will park. The site plan for the complex shows only 183 parking spaces.

In fairness, Art Tollick, the president of Howard County Tennis Partners, told me that he anticipates using the parks ball fields for temporary parking during major events. Still, that won’t be enough so he has also approached the businesses in the Troy Hill Commerce Park to use their parking lots too. The problem here is that the two closest buildings to the park on Mansion Lane are leased by government agencies with secured parking that would not be available to the tennis park under any circumstances.

Of course parking is probably the least of his worries right now.
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