Park City High School parking at a premium
Park not, want not. Park City High School is urging students to find alternative transportation to school this year because of a parking shortage so severe eleventh-graders will not be given passes.
Since construction started, safety coordinator Laurie Alexander, estimates nearly 220 spaces have been lost. This leaves 264 available spots for 300 seniors, including the the parking spots loaned out by the church across the street.
"I wish that kids would really accept the bus, because it does so much good for our community as a whole," principal Hilary Hays said.
In addition to using the city or school buses, Hays encourages the students to car pool.
Many parents eagerly await the day students can drive themselves to early morning practices and a flurry of after-school activities, Hays said.
"I can understand where they’re coming from, but what can we do," she said.
Teachers are planning to car pool and Hays said she would even give up her parking spot if she could get permission to park at the Learning Center.
Alexander said the solution to the problem is time management, which might include getting up a few minutes earlier to make it to the car pool on time or scheduling time to ride a bike to school.
As an incentive to car pool, Alexander has reserved five spots near the building for students that ride with others.
Parents could also help out.
"It would be good quality time to spend with your kids if you drive them to school," she said.
Ultimately Alexander said she believes the students will adjust well to the new parking situation.
"The kids figure it out, they do what they need to do," she said.
Some, she added, do not park on school grounds. The LDS Stake Center on Monitor Drive, across the street, allows students to park there except in the case of a special event. In exchange, the school provides snow removal and maintenance for the lot.
In the past students have taken to parking in residential neighborhoods, Alexander said. Prospector Square is now allows parking by permit only. As for other neighborhoods she said student parking congests traffic and has made it difficult for snow removal and garbage pick up. The police offers have been good about helping the community and issuing tickets, she said.
Alexander added she is surprised those other neighborhoods have not gone on a permit system, as Prospector Square has.
On the positive side, she said, the parking will most likely not be an issue next year and students are seeing rapid progress in the construction.
"We need to look on the bright side of this," she said.
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