Commentary: No Park Parking at City College

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, January 26, 2007

For years the streets that meander along William Land Park’s eastern edge, across the street from Sacramento City College, have been packed bumper to bumper with student cars. Park neighbors complained all the cars spoiled their view. Park users said they were being squeezed out.

But city officials were reluctant to clamp down. City College had only 2,100 parking spaces for the estimated 10,000 or so students who commute to school by car every day. But things have changed in recent years. A light rail station opened on campus three years ago. Then regional transit negotiated a deal that gave students a cut in transit fares. In exchange for a $15 increase in enrollment fees, all students receive an RT pass for the semester. For those who use transit, it’s a $300 value – not bad.

Most recently, the campus opened a new four story parking garage that nearly doubles the number of on campus parking spots. At $30 a semester, it costs only $0.33 a day to park there.

So now that students have plenty of transit options and affordable parking on campus, it’s time to let William Land be a park again, not a parking lot.


Ginger Rutland writes for the Sacramento Bee Opinion pages.