Parking Information for Locals and Businesses
The Village of Cooperstown has implemented paid parking in the Doubleday Field parking lot as well as certain streets in the downtown area during the summer tourist season. Paid parking provides a way to generate funds from visitors to our area for use in much needed street repairs. It may also motivate some tourists to use the perimeter lots and the trolley system, thereby encouraging environmental sustainability by lessening reliance on fossil fuels.
In the Doubleday Field parking lot, daily from 9 AM to 6 PM, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day and weekends only from Labor Day through Columbus Day parking costs $2.00 per hour with a maximum fee of $10.00 per day. Tickets can be purchased at either entrance as early as 7 AM. Tickets purchased before 9 Am are time stamped to begin at 9 AM.
On-street parking in the downtown area is paid from 9 AM - 6 PM, Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. On Main Street from Pine Boulevard to River Street and on Pioneer Street from Church Street north to the end of the business district the fee is $2.00 per hour, and there is a 2-hour time limit. Pay and Display machines will be conveniently located throughout the downtown area to pay for on-street parking during the summer season.
Parking spaces designated as 15-minute spaces are exempt from parking fees. Designated accessible parking spaces, which are reserved for those with appropriate license plates or placards, are also exempt from parking fees.
To provide relief to those who regularly shop, work, or live in the paid parking area, the Village has also implemented a Downtown Permit System. Permits will enable holders to park in the permit-only Chestnut Street lot, located off Chestnut Street near the Chamber of Commerce, daily between the hours of 6 AM and 2 AM. The same permit will allow holders to park in legal on-street paid parking spaces daily for up to two hours. Permits are NOT valid in the Doubleday Field parking lot.
Those desiring an annual permit must submit an application, proof of vehicle registration, and $25 fee in person at the office of the Village Clerk at 22 Main Street during regular business hours. Both residents and non-residents of the Village of Cooperstown may apply. Permits will be mailed to the address listed on the vehicle registration, are only valid for the specific vehicle for which they are issued, and must be securely fastened to the permitted vehicle.
Permits do not guarantee a parking space and do not exempt the holder from posted time limits or other parking regulations. It is important to note that the 2-hour time limit on Main and Pioneer Streets remains in effect.
As an alternative or in addition to a permit, those who frequent downtown regularly may want to avoid the hassle of always looking for a parking place and consider purchasing a trolley pass for the summer season. Passes are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for students under 18, and $35 for families. Trolleys run weekends 9 AM to 5 PM from Memorial Day weekend through mid-June; they run daily 8:30 AM to 9 PM from mid-June through Labor Day.
Green Waste Collection
As of September 2012, The Village of Cooperstown Department of Public Works will no longer be picking up loose grass clippings and/or green waste that is not in a hard container or a compostable bag. In addition containers and bags weighing more than 50 pounds and not out for pick up by 7 AM on the last Thursday of the month will not be collected. Materials to be collected should be placed in the grass header between the curb and sidewalk and not left in the gutter or roadway. We will continue to pick up loose leaves in the fall as usual. If you have any questions regarding the pickup and disposal of yard debris please contact Kurt Carman, Street Superintendent at 547-5521.
The Village of Cooperstown does not offer household garbage or construction debris removal. As a resident you may choose to either haul your garbage yourself or hire an independent hauler to provide these services to you. The local MOSA (Montgomery Otsego Schoharie Solid Waste Authority) transfer station is located 1.5 miles north of the village on east side of State Highway 28. For more information on utilizing their services please contact their office directly at (607) 547-5967.