Improving — if not exactly solving — the concert night parking problem in the village ought to be doable.
The free concerts in Ballard Park on Tuesday and Thursday nights all summer attract crowds — as good things that are free often do. People tend to arrive in cars, drive as close to Ballard Park as they can get, then park their cars and walk to the concert with their folding chairs and coolers. Concertgoers’ cars fill up the parking areas close to the park — particularly the lot in front of CVS. And that’s a problem for the nearby businesses, mostly restaurants, that are still open weekday evenings. Business owners feel that the concerts, rather than helping businesses by drawing crowds to the village, are hurting them by filling up all the parking spaces.