The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank students and staff for their patience and understanding over the start of the Fall term and to update your readers on the progress we have made in solving the issues related to on-campus parking in Welland.
The shortage of parking at the Welland Campus during peak periods has eased considerably, and parking passes have been made available to anyone who wishes to purchase one. In late September, we opened overflow parking at the Rice Road Community Church, directly across the street from our Rice Road entrance, and work will soon begin on the expansion of Lot H, north of the Mackenzie Building. The lot will be temporarily closed to accommodate the expansion, which should take approximately two weeks. Once expanded, the lot will add an extra 90 spots of on-campus parking.
These steps will ensure ample parking is available until the spring, when the scheduled demolition of the Mackenzie Building will allow for the construction of a new 450-space lot.
It is also important to note that while the lots at the Welland Campus underwent significant change due to construction, there was no loss in the amount of spots.
When the overflow parking and expanded Lot H are factored in, 200 more spaces than last year will become available at the Welland Campus.
The changes at Welland are part of a $90-million campus redevelopment – the largest capital expansion in our college’s history. This project is designed to create more student spaces and new state-of-the-art learning environments that incorporate new technologies. It has increased student gathering spaces, created modern, spacious classrooms and facilities that are the envy of the college system.
No project of this size and scope comes without delays and short-term inconveniences, and we are grateful for the patience and understanding of students and staff throughout this exciting process. I hope you will agree that the results – from the new athletic centre, student centre and learning commons to the new lecture theatres, classroom spaces and technology facilities – make it worthwhile.