Massapequa Park residents are dependent on automobiles to such a degree that it often becomes a problem where to park them. In order to maintain and protect the residential nature of the community, there are a few parking rules that must be followed.
Private passenger vehicles, those without commercial license plates, may be parked on Village streets unless restricted by signs. Commercial vehicles, boats, trailers, buses, trucks, etc., cannot be parked on residential streets. The only exception to this law is when the operator is providing service to the home. A commercial vehicle, boat, truck, etc., can be parked on residential property only if it does not exceed 7 feet, 6 inches in height. Vehicles that exceed the 7 foot, six inch restriction are prohibited from parking on Village residential private property between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday and all day on weekends without a permit from the Village.
The Village maintains six parking fields for the use of shoppers, commuters and businesses. Parking on streets within the shopping areas vary from one to two hours and is closely monitored by Village employees and Nassau County Police.
Commuter parking is available in the municipal fields around the train station. Under the railroad trestle the hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The remaining commuter spots are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. These reserved spaces become unrestricted at all other times. This permits shoppers to use commuter parking after 3 p.m. when commuters begin returning home.
Parking Field 1, west of the Park Boulevard business district, and Parking Field 2 , East of Park Boulevard, have both nine hour commuter parking spaces and three hour shopper spaces. Parking Field 3 , east of Cartwright Boulevard behind the Merrick Road businesses, and Field 4 , west of Cartwright Boulevard behind the Merrick Road businesses, have various restricted shopper parking spaces from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Read the signs for restrictions. Fields 1, 2, 3 and 4 have spaces reserved for Village and/or merchant employees. Field 5 , at the corner of Front and Park, is restricted to shopper parking. The sixth field, under the LIRR overpass, is restricted to commuter parking.
Annual permits are required to park in commuter or merchant and Village employee spaces. Commuter spaces are restricted to cars registered to Village residents, with the exception of 75 spaces made available to non-residents because of an agreement with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. A minimum mandatory fine of at least $100 can be levied against both a resident and another person who conspire to fraudulently obtain a commuter permit for that person. In such a case, the resident also will be denied the opportunity for a commuter parking permit for one year. A one-day permit, costing $1.00, may be obtained from Village Hall by a resident who only occasionally needs to park in a commuter space.
Village Speed Limit...
The Village speed limit is 30 mph. There are higher speed limits on Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road, and lower limits near schools and parks, and on dangerous curves where other speed limits are posted. Speed limits and other traffic controls are enforced by Seventh Precinct police, who also assist Village law enforcement personnel to enforce Village parking restrictions.
Parking Restrictions ...
The Village has put up large signs at all parking lot entrances with explanations of parking rules governing that lot. Color codes are used to ease recognition of controlled spaces. All lanes in Parking Field 1, west of Park Boulevard, are one-way. Restrictions are enforced by the Village.
Cars with permits on the left rear bumper must be parked head-in for easy visibility of the permit.
State law requires all major shopping centers to allocate handicapped parking spaces. The Village is responsible for enforcement of this requirement. The County provides handicapped permits. There is handicapped parking available in Village parking lots, at the train station and at Southgate Shopping Center on Merrick Road. These spaces are marked with either blue striping on the road or a sign or both.
Fire zones, essential for safety, are identified by either a sign and/or yellow stripes on the ground.
Parking is restricted in front of many homes in the area of the railroad station. These areas are easily identified by the restriction signs.
State law prohibits parking within 20 feet of corners. Throughout the Village there are many corners where there are no signs, but the law is in effect nevertheless. There are signs at highly trafficked corners, and in some cases the restriction may be more than 20 feet.