High volumes of enrollment poses parking issues
The increase in student enrollment over the past two academic years has lead to major overcrowding issues of parking availability. This issue is being felt through the majority of the student body attending during day-time hours.
On a typical day at FVCC parking availability tends to be at its worst from 11 am to 1 pm when the highest volume of students are on campus. FVCC has six parking lots available for students, but still students are finding that they have to park on the grass and not a designated parking space.
Courtesy notes have been issued to students that have not parked in a designated parking space.
“We're issuing stickers to people that are parking in driveways and in areas that they shouldn't be parking in that blocks traffic,” said Chuck Jensen Vice President of Financial Academics. “We're not currently giving them to people who are parking on the grass. At this point we have not towed anybody and if anybody created a situation where it was a hazard. Then we would have to tow them.”
FVCC does not have a campus police to issue tickets to those violating parking laws. If a campus police were implemented for the college, that would mean a rise in tuition cost for students, and the college is trying to keep cost as low as possible for students.
A total head count of 4,153 students are enrolled for fall semester 2010, and growth is expected in future. The construction of a new parking lot would be very expensive and there are no plans on building a new asphalted parking lot.
“We are looking to see where our problem areas are at and maybe even go so far as to designate some areas where people can park. Maybe even go so far as to lay some gravel, so when winter comes we can have some safe parking for people,” said Jensen.
Barack Evans, a current student here at FVCC, has attended other University's and believes that parking shouldn't be on a list of high priorities...