Parking can be a headache for commuter students on any college or university campus.
It’s an issue being addressed at the University of North Georgia. Over the summer, several construction projects began to benefit student drivers on all four campuses. Most projects are not finished yet, but should be this fall.
“Student transportation needs and comfort are an important part of maintaining a high-quality living and learning environment,” said Mac McConnell, senior vice president for business and finance, in a release about additional parking being added to the Dahlonega campus. “These projects will provide more ease of mind to our commuters and enjoyable recreational space for all students.”
UNG senior McKenna Henry called parking on the Dahlonega campus “a nightmare.”
“It’s pretty much a free-for-all, and all the people who work on the square are affected,” Henry said. “It’s not just the students.”
Henry said she believes parking has “gotten worse” in her nearly four years at UNG.
“There used to be a full lot for us in front of the business building,” she said. “When we came back this semester, we realized two roads had been cut out and that is now parking for faculty and staff.”
Officials say the Dahlonega campus will soon gain approximately 245 parking spaces in the parking lot behind the Library Technology Center. This project is expected to be completed in September.
Several charging stations for electric vehicles have been added to the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses, which will charge any level two and most level three electric vehicles, according to the university.
The stations are open to the UNG community and to the public. Charging costs about $1 to $1.50 per hour, and more stations will be added as demand increases.
The university is also developing a parking app to aid student parking. It will be regularly updated by parking attendants to show students how full parking lots are on campus.
“Ideally, the parking app will be an extension of the UNG app,” said DeEnna Walters, executive director of auxiliary services. “We plan for it to be a simple graphic that students can glance at before they leave home to see commuter parking lots marked as green, yellow or red to denote how full the lot is.”