LAYTON -- Spending too much time finding an empty parking space Monday or Tuesday nights at the Weber State University Davis campus is causing several students to be late for class.
So much so that Brady Harris, the WSU Davis student senator, brought up the problem at a WSU Student Senate meeting this month.
"Parking is a problem on any campus nationwide," said Harris, a sophomore from Farmington. "But the problem at the Davis campus is, there is no real option to park somewhere else."
Harris said campus parking gets filled to capacity at night and is almost deserted during the day. Lack of parking is just one of the concerns Harris has regarding the WSU Davis campus, 2750 N. University Park Blvd.
He also said the lack of a green turning arrow from Highway 193 onto University Park Boulevard, as well as no sidewalks along University Park Boulevard for students to walk on while heading to campus, hinders students getting to class.
"When there are hundreds of students trying to get to class at 5:30 p.m., it gets really bad," Harris said.
Harris has been in contact with WSU administrators about his and his classmate's concerns.
"Brady has done an admirable job bringing attention to the university," said John Kowalewski, WSU's director of media relations. "He went through the proper channels and identified an issue important to his constituents."
Kowalewski said an email Harris sent to WSU administration has resulted in people in parking services and administrators at the WSU Davis campus looking into the problem.
"A committee has been formed as a result of these concerns, and that committee is planning on looking at issues, such as placing a crosswalk on University Park Boulevard and putting in better sidewalks to campus from University Park Boulevard," Kowalewski said.
Kowalewski said the parking problems come from growing pains. Fall enrollment for the WSU Davis campus is 3,654, and 160 faculty members are using the parking lot as well. Because most classes take place at night, that's when the parking problem is evident.
Kowalewski also said additional parking accommodations are being factored into the plans for the campus' new building. Kowalewski said the ceremonial groundbreaking for that new building is planned for early November. Crews will begin construction in late December, and WSU plans to hold classes in the new building in August 2013.
With the additional parking lot nearly two years away, students are still concerned about what to do now.
The most popular option has been to park in the nearby neighborhood, but Harris said he wants to avoid that.
"I have thought of a couple alternatives and have a couple suggestions," Harris said. "Maybe make a dirt lot where students can park for now, but then you'll have snow removal issues. It's a real hard issue to solve, and right now there are no good options."