Franklin to build parking lot near park

The city of Franklin wants to spend $600,000 on a 200-space parking lot near a city park.

The city will build the parking lot next to Scott Park on part of 19 acres of land that will be donated to the city by Indianapolis real estate developer Sidney Eskenazi, according to Franklin Parks Superintendent Chip Orner.

Orner said he expects the project to cost more than $600,000 to build the parking lot and a drainage system beneath it.

Multiple baseball and softball leagues use Scott Park in the summer, and park visitors currently have to drive through a residential neighborhood to get to the park. As part of the work to build the parking lot, the city will create an entrance to Scott Park off Commerce Drive, which will allow visitors to get to the park without going through the neighborhood, he said.

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