Elizabethtown College has been receiving many new makeovers in the last few years, one of them being the new campus parking system.
The College has been trying to make it easier for students, faculty and staff to park in their assigned areas. Some major issues have been lack of parking on campus; signs around campus falling apart, and “signs just looking bad” explained Dale Boyer, Assistant Director of Campus Security. Elizabethtown College even set up a committee to agree on how the new signs would look.
Parking regulations have not changed much in the last year but parking lots are now clearly marked with numbered signs 1 – 16 instead of letters, making it easier for visitors, students, and faculty alike to park in designated areas.
Boyer explained how the college had wanted to regulate the format of all signs located on campus, how the process worked, and how the committee eventually came up with the final design of the signs. “You know how committees work,” exclaimed Dale.
First they have to decide on the appearance of the signs, the budget, and which ones need the improvement first. The process will take a lot of time.
The one aspect the college has already agreed on is the company used to produce the signs. Many departments on campus use Fast Signs, for their signage needs. This company, out of Lancaster, even produced the Communication Department’s Mobile Productions Studio bus wrap, which they use to record different on and off campus events.
According to Dale Boyer, the main objective of the changes to the parking system is to make it more apparent where visitors, faculty, and students are able to park, and to standardize the look around campus.
One of the new additions in the last few years is the expansion of student parking locations in Hackman South, where students are to park behind the yellow line, and the addition of Myer West lot.
Here is a brief overview of the on campus parking rules that are located in the Elizabethtown College Vehicle Use and Parking Regulations 2012 – 2013 pamphlet. Freshmen are restricted to Brown Lot (Lot 7) during the week. Sophomores are allowed to park in Myer West (Lot 12) and Hackman South (Lot 16). Juniors and seniors are also allowed to park on Cedar Street, in Myer Loop, Schlosser Loop, Hackman Apartments (Lot 15 and 16) Young Center (Lot 6), and the Brethren Church Lot (Lot 13) but only during the week. After 4pm on Friday, the Brethren Church Lot prohibits student use.
During the weekend, from 4pm on Friday, to 2am on Monday, there is no designated area where students can park, with the exception of the admissions parking lot, Campus Security parking lot, Brinser lot, and any other space designated handicap, reserved, service vehicles, or visitors, these spots are restricted 24/7.
Timed parking has also become a major concern on campus. Once the car has been there for the allotted time it must be moved especially for 15 minute parking.
“It does not mean to park and go to class, or park there for an hour, 15 min parking is 15 min parking,” explained Dale Boyer.
Campus Security would like to remind Students and Faculty to read the parking rules and regulations stated in the blue pamphlet Elizabethtown College Vehicle Use and Parking Regulations 2012 – 2013 located in the Campus Security office, or it can be find online at www.etown.edu/offices/security/forms.aspx