Not Enough Parking at COD?
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CREATED Jun. 4, 2013
Some students at College of the Desert say there aren't enough parking spots for students with disabilities.
With construction going on, several parking lots have been closed -- forcing students to park farther away.
College of the Desert student, Paul Quinlisk asked us to investigate, writing, "I am a student with a disability, the school has been doing construction and eliminated a number of parking lots.
New temporary parking has NO handicapped spots to park in at all."
Student Paul Quinlisk says finding parking is a nightmare.
"We don't have enough handicapped parking for the available students."
Paul had a total knee replacement, making getting to campus a challenge.
"Walking a quarter of a mile to school and quarter of a mile from school is very painful."
There is major construction at College of the Desert, they've closed several parking lots.
So Paul says its a race to find a space, "It's an even bigger race to try to find handicapped parking space, so when one becomes available there's three to five people that are lined up to take it."
The college's facilities director, Steve Renew, says they've added 1,500 parking spaces.
But they're not all available right now.
"We constantly have comments complaints concerns about parking because we're often taking them over, taking spaces over like you might see behind us," said Renew.
California Building Code requires that out of 1,000 parking spaces at least 20 must be reserved for people with disabilities.
Renew says there are about 2,700 parking spaces at College of the Desert, of those about 130 are these accessible spaces, which far exceeds state requirements.
"Right now we're taking the two lots on our western edge, that's almost 1,000 spaces that are out of commission for the entire summer. Fall starts up again, those will open up again and be available for students," said Renew.
Even without those lots, the college meets the requirements but Paul still would like to seem more.
"It'd be great if they could mark certain areas even in the parking lot that we're in, mark off some handicapped spots," said Paul.
College of the Desert has been adding parking lots throughout the campus as part of a long-term improvement project.
And they plan to add three more parking lots in the next three years.