Maplewood parents upset over parking lot closure

By Crystal Price - bio | email

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - The closure of a parking area near Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur has some parents upset as they argue they have nowhere else to park to pick up and drop off their children.

Sulphur Parks and Recreation owns the parking lot that hundreds of parents were using as a pick up and drop off spot. However, due to several safety complaints SPAR has decided to ask parents to no longer pick up their children in this parking lot.

"We knew it was going to make a lot of people unhappy but when you think about the safety of one child, this area is not designed for dropping off children," said Norman Farr, Director of Sulphur Parks and Recreation.

Farr is enforcing the closure of the parking lot by putting up signs and handing out flyers asking parents to no longer us the parking lot.

Parents of students at Maplewood Middle School argued that congestion on Maplewood Drive will only get worse without the SPAR parking lot.

"It just really alleviated the congestion problem," said Jane Darbonne, a parent from Sulphur. "Now we have no other parking area and the road is starting to back up toward the highway."

While some parents have complied with SPAR's request, others said they are not going to stop utilizing the empty lot across from the school.

"I'll leave if they show up with a tow truck or something but other than that I'm not going to change what I'm doing," said Robert Louviere, a parent from Sulphur.

SPAR and other city leaders will be meeting with the Calcasieu Parish School Board next week to discuss ways to improve the congestion problem at Maplewood Middle School.

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