One of the major problems that students face nowadays in college is limited Parking space, with increased number of students; there has been pressure on the space used as a parking lot. At the Kings College, the numbers of vehicles from both students and staff have exceeded the space available for parking. This has been shared by various scholars for instance Anna Smith noted, “One of the primary challenges facing any institution of higher learning is that there are many more students than parking spaces.” It is clear that currently, the school has numerous problems regarding parking as a number of vehicles are parked on the road, which is supposed to be where cars pass through when either entering or leaving the school. The confusion leads to congestion linked to chaos as well as time wastage.
Having limited parking spots at campus is a serious problem, especially if the amount of students exceeds the amount of parking spots. This can cause definite stress. It can also cause a student to be late for his or her class, because he or she has spent an un-practical amount of time looking for a parking space. Something should be done about this so that students are more relaxed in the morning, and focus on what they are going to learn in class, rather than worrying about if they can find a parking spot or not. Wilkes in general is a very difficult area to find parking, but most students are there few times in a week. For students who have to travel to Wilkes campus every day though, this can be very frustrating. You can drive around the block for long before finding a parking spot. As far as the solutions to this problem go, the possibility for another building being on sale around the area could be the solution. The college can also collaborate with other local businesses so that students can use their parking spots.
Finding parking at Kings College is beyond nerve wrecking. Without exaggerating, it is almost impossible to find a parking spot in the parking lots offered by the school. The school’s parking lot lacks space; due to this, people are constantly getting tickets and/or being towed. Whereas there is parking in front of the school, there are also meters that students are accounted for. Majority of these students have more than just one class continuously. Students do not have quarters they can just throw into these meters; they are college students on a college budget. The school should make dramatic changes concerning the parking availability.
Something they can do to help is possibly expanding the campus; at the Wilkes campus, there is much open space to make this achievable. The school can spend a couple dollars to renovate the area and the problem will be solved. By purchasing more land not only can they increase parking availability, they can also add buildings to expand the campus. This would draw the attention of more students.
The parking issue does not just affect the students at Main Campus, but also the satellite locations. For instance, the Lake Region campus is on the third floor of the three-story building. The remaining two floors are divided into several retail and specialty shops not to mention a gym. Across from the main building, sharing the parking lot is a coffee shop. Students not only have to compete with each other, but also with the public as well. The parking lot itself is dived into three different sections: the main section being a very long and narrow strip with one row of parking on each side. At the end of this row is a dead end. If you drive the entire length looking for a parking spot, and not find one, you need to attempt a k-turn in order to try one of the other two lots. This is very difficult when the lot is full. The bottom lot is down a very steep hill, which during winter is very difficult to maneuver. During the inclement weather, driving down, back up, or even walking this hill is very strenuous. Therefore, parking is a pressing issue at Kings College, which should be addressed urgently.