Cooperstown: Take me out to the ‘Park’

We’re just days away from the Baseball Hall of Fame weekend, so if you’re driving in to Cooperstown, you’re going to want to know where to park.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 6:20 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2019 6:30 PM

COOPERSTOWN - If you’re coming to Cooperstown this weekend, you may want to plan ahead.

Main Street will be closed from 5:00 p.m. on Friday until Monday morning. Chestnut Street from Susquehanna Ave. to Main Street will be closed during Saturday's Parade of Legends, and there will be other street closures as well. On Saturday afternoon at 4:00, Susquehanna Ave. and County 52 will be closed from Walnut Street to Brooklyn Ave.

At 7:00 a.m. Sunday:

- Walnut is closed from Delaware Ave to Susqehanna Ave.
- Susquehanna Ave. and County Route 52 is closed from Beaver St. to Estli Ave.
- Brooklyn Ave. is closed from Mill St. to CR 52.

If you have the option, do what local resident Georgiana Kisch does and drop people off. 

"I tend to stay home, but I have family who’s coming this weekend who I will drive into town and leave them there, and they’ll call me when they’re done."

If you do have to drive into town, be prepared for a parking nightmare, but there is an option to park for free. DPW Superintendent Mitchell Hotaling tells us what your other options are. 

"There are trolley lots at the entrances of the village. They’re red, yellow, or blue, and there’s generally enough parking there... you can catch the trolley into town, or the Hall of Fame has set up some lots around the outside of the village where there will be shuttles to the induction site, and people around the village are opening their lawns to parking as well."

The price on lawn parking will vary, and Cooperstown resident Diane Koffer says you will need to be careful if choosing that option.

"Some people block driveways. That’s unfair. They’ll be towed. You know it’s hard for the tourists, but it’s also hard for us."

The one option that the locals are recommending is to park in the trolley parking lots and take the trolley. Trolley driver Rob Miller talked about what it's like to ride the trolley. 

"It’s a blast. It’s an absolute blast. I think most of the people who get on here, kids especially… it’s just a different experience. I mean where else can you do this? You can do this in San Francisco and it’s a totally different experience."

Brian Wolfsohn came from Gainsville, Florida in a recreational vehicle and found the trolley to be the best option for him. 

"I don’t have to walk two miles… (laughs)... or three, or whatever it is."

To get your car back after being towed is around $150, and that’s not including the $35 parking ticket. So choose wisely, and enjoy the weekend.

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