As Fresno State grows, the numbers of enrolled students climbs every year, making issues like parking a serious problem. Campus officials have proposed the possibility of building a parking structure to accommodate these growing numbers for years to come. This will mean a jump in parking fees, an issue students are clearly divided on.
Every morning, it is common to see students circling the parking lots looking for a space close enough to keep their trek to class at a minimum.
Part of the universityâ€™s Master Plan is to build a parking structure next to the softball stadium, on Barstow Avenue and Campus Drive.
The Master Plan is the universityâ€™s plan for bringing it up-to-date with technology, remodel buildings and expand the university in both land and student size.
This will also raise the semester parking permit costs from $68 to $136. The structure is planned to be built in 2012 and fees will not be raised until its completion.
This future fee may seem like a large jump for some students, but leaves Fresno State in the medium range of parking fees in comparison with other CSU schools.
Vanessa Williams, 20, a child development major, said that she is against the proposed structure due to its raise in costs and because she says parking isnâ€™t an issue for her â€” she gets to school early enough to allow for enough parking time.
â€œI leave home early so I can get a good spot and get to class on-time,â€ Williams said.
â€œI donâ€™t like the idea of paying more money when there is plenty of parking in the back of the school.â€
Barbara Jessup, 22, a geology major, said that she doesnâ€™t bother to purchase a parking pass because itâ€™s too expensive as it is.
â€œI park on the street behind the Red Wave,â€ Jessup said. â€œStudents are broke enough as it is and itâ€™s just going to make it more expensive to go to school.â€
Some students, on the other hand, see the parking structure as a great opportunity for Fresno State and are supportive of the idea.
Ashley Llanes, 21, a recreation and leisure studies and administration major, said that she visits her friends at different schools and they all have parking structures at their colleges.
â€œIâ€™ll be talking to my friends on the phone as I park and itâ€™s a serious war to get a spot,â€ Llanes said.
â€œThey will hear me freak out on the phone over a simple parking spot that got stolen and they canâ€™t believe I go to such a big school and have to deal with such dumb issues.â€
â€œIâ€™m bummed that I wonâ€™t be in school when the parking structure is complete, but in reality, when itâ€™s all said and done, we are paying more and more every year to go to school anyways,â€ she said. â€œIf they told me that I could get to sleep in an extra 30 minutes every morning if I paid extra, Iâ€™d have handed it over in a second.â€
Mike Largent, 22, a business entrepreneurship major, believes that the structure will not only benefit students, but Fresno Stateâ€™s athletic programs as well.
â€œI know I wonâ€™t be in school to enjoy the structure by the time itâ€™s built, but I will be around for football and baseball games in the future,â€ Largent said. â€œIt will clear more room for tailgates and allow for more fans to park. I think itâ€™s a great idea.â€
Largent also said that itâ€™s an everyday struggle to find parking and even though it will cost more, he thinks it will be worth it.
â€œIt may seem like a lot of money now, but when they get to cruise into a stall without a problem and get to class on time, theyâ€™ll be getting what they paid for.â€