Parking issue dooms idea of a downtown baseball stadium

The idea of a baseball stadium on the river is very exciting, but it shouldn't happen because it will fail. It will fail for one simple reason: parking.

Myself and anyone I have spoken with about the stadium have all said the same thing -- "There is no way I'm going to walk three or four blocks or more, at night, on Reynolds Street in Augusta." It is far too dangerous. Until downtown is made a far safer place to be, no one will go to the baseball games.

The bars get away with it because they are on Broad Street and close together. People feel safe in that situation. But walking on Reynolds for many blocks is a whole other thing. I'm not going to do it, and countless others won't either.

We have only one shot at making the stadium work: Use the old Golf Hall of Fame gardens for parking, and use the area across the street where that hideous metal statue is. If you don't do that, you can build it, but they won't come!

Jeff Brown, Evans

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