The Parking Lot Dilemma

Woodside’s Parking Problem

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Joseph King, Staff Writer

Recently, students have complained regarding the large amount of vehicles parked in the lot, with many resorting to parking illegally.

The 2018-2019 school year has brought up an issue with parking on campus. Many students are having trouble finding valid parking spaces if they get to campus even the slightest bit after 8:50 a.m. This is due to multiple factors, ranging from an excess of student drivers as well as many students parking in the lot despite not having parking permits.

“There’s no room at all, so I have to park in a staff spot,” an anonymous student, who has had trouble parking in the student lot, stated. “It sucks when you arrive on time and can’t find a spot.”  

Many students arrive on time but are still late because of a lack of parking. Some students must park off-campus instead to avoid these problems. Adrian Foresti, a senior, has to park off of Alameda every day.

“I just don’t want to deal with the hassle of getting a ticket from school,” Foresti mentioned. “I’d rather just walk to class.”

It seems that the recurring problem with the parking lot is that there just is not enough space for students to park. Even if every single student that parked there had a permit, there would still be not enough space.

“I’ve gotten a ticket this year, but it wasn’t a big deal,” said another student that wished to remain anonymous. “They didn’t know who the car belonged to, so I never had to pay it.”

Students are parking in the lot and not being fined, which is not too big of a deal, but if the lot is not added to over the next few years, there may be even more problems that arise. It’s up to Woodside High School to make a change for the students and hopefully add more space.

“There just isn’t enough space,” Lucas Clavel, a senior at Woodside, said. “I think the lot needs to be expanded, that’s about it.”