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On Monday, residents had an opportunity to begin practicing back-in, angle parking in the lot behind the municipal building. Signs, like the one above, in the parking lot explain the process. Top, an employee of Zimmerman Paint re-striped the parking lot on Sunday afternoon.

Back-in, angle parking practice space available

This week, area residents had an opportunity to begin practicing their back-in, angle parking skills in preparation for a change in Rossford’s downtown parking.
Behind the municipal building and library, the parking lot has been re-striped to provide a practice area.
Rossford City Council has been discussing the unique parking design as an option for the downtown area.
Back-in parking is similar to parallel parking as the driver enters the parking space by stopping and reversing the vehicle, but it takes fewer maneuvers to park.
Parking spaces are drawn against traffic, opposite of traditional angle parking.
Mayor Neil MacKinnon III said the parking plan is an attempt to bolster economic development, as it will nearly double the number of parking spaces downtown.
A study by the Mannik and Smith engineering firm notes the following benefits of back-in, angle parking:
•motorists have better visibility when pulling out into traffic;
•vehicle doors open in a manner that directs people toward the sidewalk and not into live traffic like parallel parking;
•more convenient loading/unloading from the trunk as people are on the sidewalk and not in the street, and
•nearly doubles the number of parking spaces.
Between Bacon and Bergin alone, the option would convert 31 parallel spaces into 58 angle spaces.
At its August 25 meeting, council approved a $20,000 contract with Mannik and Smith to design and prepare construction plans for the project with new pavement markings and signs between Bacon Street and the railroad crossing.
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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.

Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.

The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.

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