By Branson Strasner
Over winter break, Hutchinson Community College opened a new segment of the 12th Street parking lot, hoping to solve the lack of available parking for students.
The college has had problems with parking for a while now, with both the 12th Street and 14th Street parking lots being full nearly all the time.
Previously, some students had to park in either nearby residential areas or the parking lot for the Stringer Fine Arts building, which is further away from Lockman Hall, Parker Student Union, and the Shears Technology Center, where many classes are held.
The new lot has added a total of 56 news spaces, bringing the total spaces from 84 to 140 in the lot between 12th and 13th streets.
This, however, hasn’t entirely solved HCC’s parking situation.
When asked if the new parking lot helped with finding a space, HCC student Joseph Goerzen stated, “It’s helping, but not enough.”
According to several students, the only way to get a parking space in the new lot is to arrive at school early.
“You won’t get a spot if you don’t have an 8 a.m. class,” said Ryan Ediger, Hutchinson.
“Yes, you can get a spot there, if you get to class early,” said Leland Clark, Hutchinson.
While the parking lot fills up quickly, it frees up previously taken spots on nearby streets and other parking lots, which relieves more students from having to walk several blocks to get to class.
The new lot is helping. Students who continue to struggle with parking are advised to park at the relatively close Sports Arena, instead of just circling.