Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Dick's Open attracts tens of thousands of people to Enjoie Golf Course. With that many people comes the question of where they will all park?
The Dick's Sporting Goods Open PGA Tournament brings thousands of people to the Binghamton Area.
Parking at the Dick's Open has been a challenge for years, but the volunteers make it easier.
Mark Jaros started parking cars 37 years ago.
"I started charging back in 1975, a dollar to park on my yard. Then little by little everyone else also started parking. Now the whole community likes to park," said Jaros.
That means more parking spots for tournament goers.
The community joined together opening their driveways, parking lots, and lawns for tournament parking.
"They go on the front lawn, the side lawn.The front steps the back steps," said Jaros.
The price has gone up a little since 1975.
Now, the standard price to park is $5.
"We could probably charge more because it's prime real estate, but it's about the community so it's more about that than anything," said Tom Harley from Our Lady of Good Counsel.
For Jaros it's also about making friends. He's been parking long enough to see the same faces return every year.
"I have a couple that comes from Ontario, another from Vermont and we've become friends over the years," said Jaros.
For the Charles F. Johnson Elementary School, allowing people to park at the schools fills the quota for much of its annual fundraising.
"Because of this they can put their energies into programs and activities for the students because this is our primary fundraiser," said Nancy LaRose with CFJ Elementary.
Volunteer Parkers say they'll continue to donate their time, and their front lawns to the Dick's Open.