Parking problems at a popular Turnagain restaurant in Anchorage are pitting neighbor against neighbor.
The Anchorage Assembly approved plans for the Rustic Goat restaurant to lease a park area for more parking spaces on Tuesday, but some residents say they're still angry and want to explore other solutions.
Residents picketed against paving the park on Friday -- the same day the restaurant says it tried to make amends with neighbors, by posting cones nearby to remind drivers not to park in unsafe areas.
Tim Gravel, a co-owner of Rustic Goat, says he doesn't think it's possible to make everyone happy but adding the cones is an attempt to do so.
"I think that addressing safety concerns is No. 1 on our priority," Gravel said.
Gravel says he hopes the municipality will eventually post "No Parking" signs, like those in place along the restaurant's east side on Turnagain Street.
A group of Turnagain area residents picketed outside the restaurant on Friday, saying more should have been done to protect the park before the decision was finalized.
Bob Curtis-Johnson, who has lived in the area for more than 30 years, says the park is a vital part of the city.
"Some obvious solutions would be to post Turnagain as no-parking, and we can look at one-side-of-the-street parking in the adjacent neighborhoods," Curtis-Johnson said. "We can spread what's now focused as a very small, integrated -- you know, high-density -- problem into a much wider area."
Gravel says spreading the parking out into other nearby streets will just add to the problem.
"To push traffic into the cross streets and just disperse the crowd farther and farther away, I just don't think it's safe," Gravel said. "I don't think it's what the neighbors would probably want."
While some people are debating how often locals use the park, Curtis-Johnson says it doesn't matter.
"It's been here for 25 years and people care about it and they want easy access to green spaces," Curtis-Johnson said.
Despite their disagreement over how to best solve the parking shortage, both sides say they are talking to find a way to solve the problem.
Both sides met on Friday to see if there was a way to explore other options and say they plan to continue their discussions.