It will soon be easier for members of the Brock University community and visitors to access campus, thanks to a new parking model coming this spring.
From May 1 through Aug. 31, parking permits and meter receipts will no longer be needed for Zone 1 and Zone 2 during the spring and summer months. The lots, which are on the west side of Glenridge Avenue and Merrittville Highway, will be open for all employees, students and visitors to park day and night, except between 2 and 5 a.m.
From Sept. 1 through April 30, Zone 1 and 2 will be free after 6 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends, except between 2 and 5 a.m.
Brock President Gervan Fearon said the new model will favourably impact hundreds of Niagara residents who come to campus for everything from lectures and conferences, to swim lessons and participating in projects with Brock researchers.
The new model also adds value to the University’s Spring/Summer course offerings, which run from May until the end of August.
Fearon said that in the seven months since he first arrived at the University, he has heard members of the public say that parking costs dissuade more people from coming to campus.
“We hope this small change during less busy times can help provide our community partners with more opportunities for engagement,” he said. “Brock is the community’s university. We must make sure our neighbours feel welcome when they come to campus.”
Changes to the parking model means refunds for annual permit holders across campus. As part of the transition all annual permit holders will receive a one-time reimbursement for May 1 to Aug. 31 rates.
More information on the refund process and frequently asked questions about the new parking model is available at brocku.ca/parking.