Parking on campus is not only a big problem but also a pain. New students entering Texas A&M University-Kingsville have no idea about the troubles of campus parking and how bothersome it is to find a decent parking spot. Parking lots are assigned to certain colors like blue, yellow, red, white etc.
The problem isn’t that there isn’t enough space but that the only parking lots that I feel comfortable parking in are the ones near Lynch Hall. Besides the parking lots at Lynch and Turner Hall, there is a bigger parking lot behind Lucio and Mesquite Village West but I feel so uncomfortable parking over there. The location for resident parking is either back there or by the other dorms. There is no convenient parking for those who live in Lucio or Mesquite. The only time for good parking is once the weekend comes by.
It’s noticeable that once the weekend rolls around it is undoubtedly easier to find a parking space since a lot of students go back home. However, once the weekend is over, the struggle to find a parking space arises again. Considering that almost all my friends own vehicles, we have all experienced some type of parking problems on campus. Whether it’s finding commuting parking before class starts or regular parking when returning from home we all have problems finding parking spots.
The amount of parking spaces available compared to the amount of students living in the residence halls is ridiculous. You can’t expect for students to park in the Lynch parking lot and they live all the way in Mesquite. The walk to the dorm may be short but it’s such a hassle to not have convenient parking on campus. Students wouldn’t feel safe if they had to park so far and if it was dark.
Commuting students also face struggles with parking spaces. The amount of commuter parking spaces is so much more limited than residence is. One of my friends has to come like an hour and a half early just to get a parking space before her class starts. If the yellow parking lots along the street are all taken she has to park behind the Business Administration Building or by Manning hall.
It would be very helpful to have more parking spots available or even a parking garage could help solve the limited parking because they could expand upwards but in order for that to happen, they would need a lot of funds and it would take time before it was even completed. Another thing that TAMUK could do is maybe increase the amount of bike lock stations and add more light along paths where students park. The parking isn’t horrible and the distance isn’t too far but they could definitely improve certain things.