Canada Games Park construction limits parking in Zone 2

Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Photo Credit: Mackenzie Gerry

Parking in Zone 2 is greatly affected this winter as students return to campus. Brock continues the buy back option for the 1,251 staff and students who have registered for Zone 2 parking and recent updates highlight off-site parking for overflow parking.

When approaching, dump trucks and machinery can be seen removing asphalt for the construction that began in December for the new Canada Games Park (CGP), which further complicates parking. An announcement about the site for the CGP came out in December for the 2021 Canada Games. This means that parking will decrease in Zone 2. Lot V will now be the building site taking away these spots for students vehicles. According to Kate Dudley, Marketing Manager at Ancillary Services at Brock, this site was chosen for the building due to its position in relation to other municipalities in Niagara, as well as Brock and community groups.

During exams a notice from Brock to students was released advising that students and staff will need additional parking time by 20 to 30 minutes. Parking will continue to be affected from January until April as Zone 2 is not expected to be restored until summer of 2021. This will further inconvenience students as parking is already a hot button issue.

Students currently can take their Zone 2 permits and Brock ID to Parking Services for a $320 refund and a $100 campus store gift card, which they can do until January 31, 2020.  Ancillary Services, the Brock University Students Union and the Graduate Students Association will be involved in this buy back.

“We are offering a Zone 2 permit buy-back program for those customers who can trade in their Zone 2 permit and use transit, carpool or rideshare. We recognize that permit buy-back is not an option for some of our customers, including those who commute to campus and we are continually working to identify for some of our customers,” said Dudley.

In the long term, Brock is aiming to replace the spaces lost one for one.

“There are plans in place for an additional 347 spaces in Zone 3. However we are awaiting Niagara Escarpment Committee approval to continue with the project,” said Dudley.

Zone 3 is currently residence parking near the Rosalind Blauer Centre on campus. Other Zones are currently sold out.

Students and staff who use Zone 2 should allow for extra time for parking at the beginning of term or make alternate arrangements for arriving on campus.

In recent developments, emails were circulated from Brock Communications advising students of the off-site overflow for Zone 2. This off-site is located at 2371 Merrittville Highway at Merrittville Speedway. Brock will be providing a free shuttle to campus, but students are being advised to allow 30 to 45 minutes for the commute. The shuttle will run from 7:15 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Additionally, beginning January 6, 2020 parking attendants will be checking permits at the lot entrances.

“Customers who have permits are reminded to have them clearly on display and those coming to campus without a permit wishing to park will be directed to paid parking lots,” said Dudley.

For more information visit Brock Parking Services website, https://brocku.ca/parking-services/.

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