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U. OF GA. CLAMPS DOWN ON PARKING FOR FOOTBALL GAMES

The University of Georgia has revised its policies to address parking and tailgating problems at football games on campus.

The new rules will end the practice of parking on sidewalks and grassy areas on game days, and prohibit tailgaters from setting up their operations before 7 a.m. The university also will stop tailgaters from taking extra parking spaces to set up their spreads.

Eliminating parking on grass and sidewalks will result in some lost parking capacity, but university officials believe the changes will be safer for fans traveling to and from the football stadium, help the school comply with accessibility requirements for the disabled, and improve access for emergency vehicles.

To compensate for the lost parking spaces near the stadium, Georgia will designate its intramural fields as a game-day parking area.

STRUCTURES ALLEVIATE CAMPUS PARKING CRUNCH

California State University, Fullerton, is scheduled to open a $20.3 million parking garage this month.

The State College Parking Structure has capacity for about 1,500 vehicles on six levels, according to the university. The facility is adjacent to where a new student recreation center will be built. The State College structure is the second project built recently to replace surface lots and alleviate a parking crunch on the west side of the campus.

Two years ago, the university opened the Nutwood Parking Structure, a $23.7 million, five-level facility that can accommodate 2,500 vehicles.

STUDENTS WARNED ABOUT UNAUTHORIZED PARKING

Waukee (Iowa) High School has begun to issue $10 tickets to students who park their cars in the parking lot for the YMCA.

The YMCA is adjacent to the school, and students who cannot find spaces in spots designated for the high school are grabbing spaces set aside for the Y.

“Please be respectful of parents with small children and the senior citizens utilizing the YMCA during the school day,” the Waukee district said in a message to students.

Students who violate the parking regulations a second time will have their cars towed and impounded.

WHO PARKS AT THE U. OF KY.?

In its 2004-05 annual report, the Parking and Transportation Services department at the University of Kentucky broke down the availability of parking on its Lexington campus:

User group Number of spaces Percentage of total spaces
Employee 5,964 33.3
Employee or commuter 2,314 12.9
Employee or student 660 3.7
Resident 2,597 14.5
Commuter 657 3.7
Student 2,868 16
Visitor 1,637 9.2
Employee reserved spaces 714 4
Disabled 473 2.6
Total spaces 17,884 100
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