City can now park with ease

Mark Rivera

The new parking structure on 16th and C Street has added 700 new parking spaces to City College; however, hundreds were lost to construction.

According to district Parking Program supervisor Debra Picou, Lots 5 and 6 were closed over the summer to store construction materials and San Diego High School took back 100 spots.

Despite the losses, Picou said there are 343 more parking spaces than last semester. Not including street parking, there were 668 spaces last school year.

With all of these new parking spots available to students, some said finding parking is much easier.

“I didn’t have to go around the parking lot twice,” student Duvina Marques said. “It takes me about eight minutes to find parking, it makes it easier. I bet I would have gotten a ticket if (the parking structure) had not been there, because I park(ed) in the red all the time.”

Some faculty members said they are “grateful” to have the new parking structure available this semester.

“I need to be here at 9 a.m., which is a real core time that people are coming to campus and there’s a lot of traffic,” English professor Christy Ball said. “I go straight (to the new parking structure). I don’t mess around with the other faculty lots. I find parking as soon as I get to the structure, (and) I park within 30 seconds.”