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West Orange Times & Observer Monday, Sep. 12, 2022 2 months ago

Windermere football fans: Parking is about to get a lot harder

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Orange County is no longer allowing cars to park on the grass for football games, Windermere High Principal Andrew Leftakis said.
by: Michael Eng Editor and Publisher

As if having the Windermere High School stadium off-campus didn’t cause enough problems, Orange County now has made it more difficult for Wolverine fans to watch football games.

According to a message sent to parents by Principal Andrew Leftakis, effective immediately, Orange County has revoked the school’s ability to park on the grass at Deputy Scott Pine Community Park.

“Additionally, there has been a number of safety issues out on the roadways due to spectators trying to park or drop students off,” he said.

Because of these developments, all spectators for varsity football games will have to park at the school in the student and visitor parking lots. Then, they will have to walk the sidewalk in front of the school to the bus loop. There, they can catch a shuttle to Deputy Scott Pine Community Park.

Parking at the park will be reserved for volunteers, law enforcement, officials, coaching staff, media personnel, vendors and staff workers.

Spectators with a disabled driver hanger will be allowed to park at the stadium.

“As we prepare for our upcoming home game this Friday … please plan accordingly,” Leftakis said.

The message did not include operating procedures for leaving the stadium in the event of lightning or other dangerous weather activity.

According to Orange County Parks and Recreation Division Manager Matt Suedmeyer, the division revoked grass parking, because of the damage done to the field during the last home game, Aug. 26.

“The Parks and Recreation Division made the decision to close the multi-purpose field to car parking due to the amount of damage the fields received during the last football game,” Seudmeyer said. “With all the rain we have had lately the field is just not suitable for parking.

“Per the agreement between the county and OCPS, the county has the right to stop utilizing the multi-purpose field for parking if the field is damaged,” he said. 

Anyone with questions or comments regarding this change can contact Orange County District 1 Commissioner Nicole Wilson's office by email at [email protected] or phone at (407) 836-5918.

This is the damage Orange County photographed following the Aug. 26 home game.

 

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Michael Eng is the editor and publisher for the West Orange Times & Observer, Southwest Orange Observer, Baldwin Park Living magazine and OrangeObserver.com. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism....

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