MAILED: June 11, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE -- This summer, free parking isn't something that can only be found ina game of Monopoly. It also can be found in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Water Street, Haas Fine Arts Center and Putnam lots on lower campus, and in Bridgman, Towers, and Oak Ridge lots up the hill.
Permits still will be needed for Hibbard, Phillips, Nursing, McPhee and Murray lots. The sign at the entrance to the permit lots indicates who is allowed to park there. Only GF permit holders may park in the Hibbard and Phillips GF reserved spaces. All meters will be enforced Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
"We're trying to accommodate as many people as we can in these lots," said Gary Bartlett, parking and transportation coordinator. "We strongly recommend that students consider free parking."
The system runs mostly the same as it does during the regular academic year, with only a few exceptions, Bartlett said. "S" and "F" permits are allowed in Hibbard, Phillips, Nursing, McPhee and Murray lots. The permits can be bought for $15 in the Parking office, he said. Bartlett added, however, that only 75 student permits will be allowed in the Phillips lot from 7 to 8:30 a.m. during the week to help make space for orientation and conference visitors.
"Most of the regulations are the same, but we will put emphasis on assisting visitors," he said.
As part of the plan to make access to the university as easy as possible, the Parking office will have traffic coordinators posted at the corner of Roosevelt and Park Streets from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, he said.
"Parking is a little different than it is in the normal academic year because there are fewer cars, but we also have more (visitors) every day," Bartlett said.
Parking this summer will be easier without the added hassle of construction on State Street, he said.
"I think it'll be easier access to the lots," he said. "We're going to have to do a better job (assisting visitors while) trying to maintain parking for the Faculty and Guaranteed Faculty (permit holders)."
Traffic coordinators will be posted through July, until the main period for freshman orientation and other conference visitations is about over, he said. The summer parking schedule will be maintained through Aug. 21, and parking permits are good through Sept. 2.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 17, 1998