Georgia Bundzinski also parked in an angled spot to avoid parking fees elsewhere. Like Mercado, she was on her way to Pentucket Medical.
“I usually pay, but I decided to try it over here,” Bundzinski said after parking her red mini van in an angled space.
Public Works Director Michael Stankocvich said the reverse-angle spots began filling up at 7:30 yesterday morning. He said the city had a “parking ambassador” on hand to alert people to the new configuration and that he spent a hour or so there himself watching people use the new spaces.
“I was told it was uneventful, and that’s what I saw myself,” Stankovich said. “We expected the spaces would be used by people who ride the train, but you never know.”
Mayor James Fiorentini has been urging commuters and those who work downtown not to park in the heart of the business district and instead park on outlying roads such as Bailey Boulevard, where parking is free. So many drivers have taken his advice that on most days every space along Bailey Boulevard is taken. More spaces were needed and, for Bailey Boulevard, the only way to add spaces was to create angled parking.