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City seeks solution to parking problem at Casey’s Pond

Cars line Owl Hoot Trail outside of Casey's Pond. The parking lot at the senior living facility does not have enough parking spaces.

— Casey’s Pond has a parking problem.

Insufficient parking spaces at the new senior living facility in Steamboat Springs has led to a situation where several cars are parked on a new city street that was not designed for parking.

City officials briefed the Steamboat Springs City Council about the issue Tuesday night, saying the parking study that was done for the property four years ago greatly underestimated the number of employees who would be working there during the day.

“They’re certainly not happy not to have enough parking for their employees,” Planning Director Tyler Gibbs said.

Council members also appeared concerned by the situation and wanted a solution found quickly.

Gibbs said Casey’s Pond is considering some options that include utilizing a park and ride across U.S. Highway 40 or looking into the prospect of improving Owl Hoot Trail to accommodate the overflow parking.

“We’ve got to find a solution,” Gibbs said.

Before the Casey’s Pond development plan was approved by the city, a parking study done for the facility estimated it would need about 67 spaces and would have no more than 100 FTEs working on a daily basis.

It was built with 71 spaces, including six resident spaces in an enclosed garage.

Gibbs said he was told today that there are 191 employees who work at Casey’s Pond.

Not having approved that type of facility here before, the city relied on the parking study.

But the demand from visitors, volunteers and employees has proven too much for the parking lot to handle.

In a report to the council, Gibbs said the parking demand at Casey’s Pond will only increase as independent and assisted living facilities reach capacity.

“I don’t think they deliberately designed themselves into this situation,” Gibbs said.

He said Casey’s Pond has made efforts to keep parking spots open for visitors, while overflow parking usually is employees.

A call from the Steamboat Today to Casey’s Pond CEO Dan Shields was not returned prior to the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

Gibbs said the city will look into what it would cost to improve Owl Hoot Trail to accommodate the parking as well as talk with Casey’s Pond about other solutions.

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