Parking crunch overwhelms Pippy Park campuses
Parking is so rare at two institutions in Pippy Park in St. John's that students have been known to skip class rather than face an inevitable parking ticket.
Many of the students who attend classes at Memorial University's Marine Institute on Ridge Road as well as the College of the North Atlantic's adjacent Engineering Technology Centre drive their own vehicles, and say there are far too many permits issued for the available spaces.
CNA student Patrick Broaders said getting a ticket is cheaper than illegally parking on nearby city streets.
"I just go home. I'm not facing a $45 ticket. It's too expensive througout the year," he told CBC News.
Residents of the Fox Avenue neighbourhood have complained to city council about parking problems, which were raised at Monday evening's meeting.
The residents say their road is not meant to be used as a student parking lot.
Coun. Gerry Colbert says a solution needs to be found.
"In the absence of that, we'll do something that they may not think is the best thing since sliced bread. We'll have no other choice but to put up no parking signs and limit the parking," said Colbert, who added that the city is planning a meeting with Marine Institute officials to review parking.
Marine Institute student Ryan Dowden said he has become accustomed to parking where he can on campus, even if it means a $10 ticket from the institution.
Clarence Russell, another student at the Marine Institute, said students have no choice to park where they shouldn't unless they get there early.
He blames the problem on short-term parking permits that are issued by the institute's administation.
"You got a full semester of people who pay throughout the year that fill up this parking lot, and then when new people come, they're issued a parking permit, a temporary one, and it takes up the spaces," he said.