Parking Lots near Student Union to close soon

Date Published: 
Friday, April 28, 2017

Photos of lots 18 and 19 with a campus map indicating where they are in relation to Student UnionWhich lots are closing and why
Lots 18 and 19 are closing permanently this summer.

  • Lot 18 is closing to expand the Union Deck, ultimately making up for the spaces that will be lost in Lot 19. The Union Deck will remain open, though there may be certain areas that are temporarily unavailable during construction.
  • Lot 19 is closing to make room for the new Health and Wellness Center – anticipated to open in fall 2019. This brand-new facility will feature multipurpose recreation courts, an indoor pool, fitness studios, an elevated running/walking track, plenty of cardio and strength training equipment, and more. Visit Recreational Services for Five Things You Need to Know about this new project.

Where to park instead
The closest alternatives are East Decks 2 and 3 and West Deck, areas which should easily accommodate demand during the summer months.

However, during fall and spring semester, East Decks 2 and 3 and West Deck are typically at capacity from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Those decks, and the lots closest to them, will likely fill even earlier in the 2017-18 academic year. Then, North Deck and CRI Deck will both be good parking alternatives even though they are the farthest from the center of campus. When classes begin in August, these decks will be served by greatly enhanced bus service – with expected wait times of eight minutes or less.

See the University’s parking map for additional parking options. YouTube icon Here's a brief video of parking tips

The pain is real - but temporary
There’s no way around it:  These closures are going to be inconvenient for those who normally park in these lots. 

Parking demand should ease somewhat when campus gets used to the advantages of a more vigorous bus system and light rail service to campus begins. 

By summer of 2018, the Union Deck expansion is expected to be completed. This will yield 570 parking spaces, approximately 200 more than were available when Lots 18 and 19 were in use.

About the construction project: Facilities Management Customer Service Line, from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm., Monday through Friday, 704-687-0562

About parking: PaTS Communication Center, open 24 hours weekdays (5:00 am Monday – 10:00 pm Friday), 704-687-0161 or