With the loss of Hillcrest and its 75 parking spots, students are fighting more than ever for a parking space in the safety of a designated parking lot.
Pillsbury, Tower, Prunty and Searcy Halls are all located on one small courtyard and house 328 students – a majority of whom require accommodation for their vehicles. Security has sold 290 parking passes this school year.
Students unable to obtain one of the 30 parking spaces in the lot behind Prunty Hall are left to go on the hunt for a spot on the street. This challenges the unwritten rule that a person cannot park beyond one block of the Prunty Hall parking lot because it is unsafe.
While there are about 60 spots in the Stamper lot, some students living on the residence quad believe it is a safety concern and too far of a walk.
“I feel that there are never enough spaces to park and most of the areas are not safe,” junior Colby Elliot said. “I think that adding a parking lot for Wood Hall and Columbia Hall would be perfect.”
Elliot said she thinks having specific parking areas for each dorm building would help alleviate some of the problem. Knowing she would not be able to find a parking spot regardless, Elliot did not buy a parking pass for the year.
Located at the corner of Walnut and College, Brookside Apartments built its own parking garage on its property. Parking spots in that garage are meant for Brookside residents only, and a Brookside living employee said Stephens students could not purchase a spot within the parking garage.
Although Stephens students can’t park on Brookside property, Stephens security has noticed an increase of Brookside tenants parking in marked Stephens lots. Safety continues to remain a priority, and the confusion and difficulties with parking may interfere with this primary goal.
story by junior Anne Robertson