South Williamsport – Where some may have found cause for rivalry, a group of neighbors in South Side are working together to provide parking for as many as 70 cars a day during the Little League World Series.
Just two blocks from the Series gate, Pam and Tom Bartholomew have been parking cars at their home on Fairmont Avenue for roughly 18 years.
Thomas Betz and his family purchased their home next door two years ago. The two families, who charge a flat $5 for each car, fill both yards with cars. Each yard fits between 30 and 35 vehicles.
“I don’t look at it from a financial standpoint,” said Betz, who first started parking cars for his grandma eight years ago. “I look at it as being able to meet people from different areas.”
Yes, the yearly cash bonus is a welcome addition, but both families agree that the real joy comes from meeting people from around the world and making their stay in South Williamsport enjoyable.
Pam Bartholomew, who also rents hill chairs for $5 to Series attendees, said in the past they have helped people change flat tires, watched their dogs, gave them a place to use the restroom, and a hangout spot during the long days at the games.
For these families, it’s about creating a great experience that brings people back each year. Bartholomew added that they often play host to families and friends of the teams, and keeping their fee to a flat $5 is key.
“We like to keep it (low) because that’s what keeps them coming back,” Bartholemew said.
Some homes closer to the complex charge $10 or more, but the Bartholomews and Betzes are…