Posted: March 25, 2015 | Written by Austin McVey and Steven Smith
Even though parking eases up at Riverside City College the trials are far from over – unless its Friday. A survey performed by Viewpoints staff compared the capacity of Parking Lot E each day at 8:30 a.m. during the week March 16. From Monday to Thursday, the parking lot was at least at 65 percent capacity, approaching full capacity by 9 a.m. On Friday, the capacity reached approximately 30 percent.
With each semester, campus police advise students to arrive early to classes in order to secure a parking spot. Parking is generally at its worst from late morning to early afternoon causing some students to have to park in overflow lots Q and U between Monday and Thursday. The parking garage located off of Terracina Drive is often packed at the upper levels while parking is available at the lower levels.
Parking was even more scarce during the first few weeks of the semester with students having to park as far away as Brockton Avenue. Now that registration is closed and students are beginning to drop, the parking situation has eased up, according to Sargent Robert Kleveno of the RCC police. While students may have to park at the overflow lots or Evans Field there is generally some parking available.
“I think Evans Field is kind of a sweet spot, especially in the summertime, cause there is a lot of shade,” Kleveno said. “You could park and have your car in the shade all day and it’s a short walk to (the) Digital Library or Math and Science.”
Parking at Evans field is not without risk, as foul balls are prone to hit parked vehicles. How often does a ball hit a window? “Often,” according to Kleveno.