New Bowdoin College policy creates more parking for visitors

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BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin College announced that visitors will have access to parking spaces previously reserved for students, faculty and staff in locations that are more central to the campus.

According to the Bowdoin Daily Sun, the new spots include the Russwurm House lot, reserved for general visitors; the Burton-Little House, lot reserved for admissions visitors; and the Coffin Street lot, reserved for faculty, staff and visitors during the day.

Students, staff and faculty who previously used these spots will now park in other lots that are within walking distance of the campus, including the Farley Field House and Watson Arena lots, along with many others.

In an e-mail to students, staff and faculty, Bowdoin Senior Vice President and Treasurer Katy Longley said the changes have the full support of President Barry Mills.

“The overall goal of these and future changes is to enhance and improve parking at Bowdoin without adding paved surfaces or an expensive and unsightly parking garage,” Longley wrote. “Based on our parking study, we believe it is possible to solve many of our parking issues while also enhancing and preserving green space on campus.”

The new parking policy is the result of a 48-page analysis by Walker Parking Consultants, a national parking consulting and design firm.

Bowdoin will also make handicapped spots more central to the campus.

In addition, the college said it will step up its parking enforcement: “Parking fines start at $25 and repeat violators will be towed,” according to the Daily Sun, but to avoid issues, students, staff and faculty should register their car with the college and learn more about the parking policy on their website.

Dylan Martin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @DylanLJMartin.