All Saints’ parking construction finishes up this month

  • All Saints Church in Peterborough. Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • All Saints Church in Peterborough. Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/20/2019 2:52:08 PM
Modified: 9/20/2019 2:51:54 PM

The newly constructed parking lot at All Saints’ Church in Peterborough should be finished by the end of the month.

The Rev. Jamie Hamilton said Monday the parking lot is already in use, but is scheduled to be striped later this week. The lot was approved in 2017, when the Planning Board gave the OK to tear down the former River Center building to add about 15 spaces to the church’s existing parking. Construction on the lot finished this summer. 

Hamilton said the additional spaces have “greatly improved” the parking situation for the church during its Sunday services, though it has not eliminated the need for street parking.

“The good thing is, we’re growing, but we do still have some parking on the street,” Hamilton said. 

Hamilton said the parking lot has also been used throughout the week during other town activities. The church is happy to have it be a community resource when it’s not being used during Sunday services, Hamilton said.

“It’s going to be a nice asset for the town. It’s a busy parking lot all week long, and we feel happy we can provide that for the community,” Hamilton said. 

The parking lot, located across the street from the church, is connected to the existing parking lot for the next-door Reynolds Hall. The former driveway for the Hall has been closed, and the new entrance built for the parking lot will be the only entrance or exit, Hamilton said.

The former driveway was next to the crosswalk leading to the church, and Hamilton said the state had concerns about pedestrians crossing so close to cars exiting the lot. So, she said, when the lot is completed, the former Reynolds Hall driveway will be converted to a walkway to lead people from the parking lot to the crosswalk.

Hamilton said the path won’t be paved, but will be made of a hard-packed material to make it accessible, and will be constructed to have a more gradual slope. It will be landscaped, she said.

“Part of the culture of All Saints’ is beauty,” she said.

Hamilton said she expects all construction on the new walkway and the painting in the parking lot to be completed by the end of September. 

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT. 


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