The City of Ardmore will be hosting two events this weekend in celebration of the completion of phase one of the Streetscape Project. The first will be a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. on Friday morning, and the second will be the Back-in Parking Palooza from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Assistant City Manager Kevin Boatright said he hopes both events will be well attended.
“On Friday morning at 10 a.m. we’re going to have our ribbon cutting,” Boatright said. “We’ll have our city commissioners there, and I’ve also invited all our merchants and building owners to attend as well. We’ll have several people speak about just how great we think the project is, and how we think it will be an asset for downtown in the future.”
Boatright said the ribbon cutting will take place somewhere near the intersection of Washington and Main Street and they may have to block traffic for a short while during the ribbon cutting.
Boatright went on to explain the Back-in Parking Palooza.
“On Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 (p.m.), we will have a section blocked off so people can come downtown and practice parking. We’re calling it the Back-in Parking Palooza because we want to make it fun,” Boatright said. “For some people, backing in is not something they are familiar with, but it’s really just a skill just like any type of parking is a skill.”
Boatright said that over the course of the past couple months since the back-in parking opened, he’s had mostly positive feedback once people have gotten more comfortable with the new style of parking. He said the wider spaces make it a bit easier, and nobody is expected to get it perfect on their first try.
To sweeten the deal even more, Boatright said the city will be giving out free snow cones during the event.
“So once you practice your back-in parking, you can go get yourself a snow cone,” Boatright said. “This is just an educational opportunity for the public. We want to make them aware that this is here and it’s here to stay, but we don’t want you to be intimidated. It’s something everybody can do. It just may take a little bit of practice.”