Frisco Square Holiday Lights Attract Parking Complaints

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    People in thousands of cars are drawn to the lights in Frisco Square, which can make parking an adventure of its own.

    People in thousands of cars are drawn to the lights in Frisco Square, which can make parking an adventure of its own.

    Jim Leslie with Frisco Square said he is aware of the parking issue.

    "People like to complain about something, and sometimes if parking isn't right there, and you don't get the front row, people will have a problem with that," he said.

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    People in thousands of cars are drawn to the lights in Frisco Square, which can make parking an adventure of its own.

    He's right about the complaining part.

    Gary Paparella, who owns Love Peace Popcorn, said find a parking spot close to the stores on weekends is tough. He said he would like angled parking in front, which would allow for more cars.

    "Parking is extremely important to our business because we count on that foot traffic -- the person that's going to come up and be able to access the store easily," he said. "They're not going to park out there and come all the way around just to get a bag of popcorn, so it gets pretty difficult for my everyday traffic."

    The "out there" he refers to is the parking lots behind the stores. The spots are located behind the shops on both sides of the street. The walk is a few hundred yards away for customers.

    Leslie said he doesn't think Frisco Square has a parking problem.

    "There is plenty of parking, but you just have to know where to go and navigate. We have valet and hopefully we have signs that lead people to the proper parking," Leslie said.

    Dana Baird-Hanks with the city of Frisco said the city is trying to open a parking garage behind City Hall near Frisco Square to help alleviate the parking issue.

    Baird-Hanks said the garage is scheduled to open by the end of the month.