It may be that you’ve been doing it for years. But that — and that fact that everybody else does it — won’t spare you a ticket if you’re parked around the periphery of Brookdale Park on a day the Essex County Sheriff’s Department decides to enforce the rules. This reader found out the hard way about a week ago.
Watch out for the Sheriff… Having parked on the lower roadway for the last 12 years while coaching various sports or watching my son’s games all thoughts of fairness have left me. When I parked my car last Friday evening there were numerous cars and busses parked on the lower roadway as the parking lot was filled. After the game let out my car was left alone and the Sheriff showed up. When I asked where I was to park when the lot was filled she replied on the upper roadway. The ticket is made out to the Bloomfield jurisdiction and yet numerous Bloomfield police cars went past without stopping. Is the Sheriff now doing Bloomfield’s dirty work?
Upper roadway? Lower roadway? We’re not sure what that means. Google Maps just refers to East and West Circuit Drives. Tell us where you park when Brookdale’s parking lot is full and if you’ve been ticketed lately. UPDATE: Carl Bergmanson writes in to tell us that East Circuit Drive is the lower roadway and West Circuit Drive is the upper roadway.