By P. Erik Meyer ’14
Good news students who drive to school: There is now a new place to park when the on-campus lots fills up or your carpool can’t ride with you.
The new west lot is across from Brophy on Central Avenue.
The lot was obtained for by Brophy this year by Mr. John Graham, a Brophy Trustee who owns the lot.
“Last year the lot was controlled by Xavier and we had about 10 spaces,” said Dean Mr. Pat Higgins.
The lot has about 50 spaces and allows for drivers without a carpool to park at Brophy legally.
It also serves as an overflow lot when the north, south and auxiliary lots fill up.
“It is basically used for overflow,” Mr. Higgins said. “ If a student shows up without a carpool our prefect will direct them over to the west lot.”
Students have already begun to take advantage of the new spots.
“This lot provides more parking for students as kids start getting their licenses early and earlier,” said Diego Maloney ’14. “Since there is no room at Brophy this is a perfect alternative.”
Although Diego and his brother Christian Maloney ’16 have used the lot sparingly this year they find it a necessity.
“My brother came late to school and it was the only available space,” Christian Maloney said.
Brophy currently has access to the lot for one year, but that could be renewed in the future, according to Mr. Higgins.
As of right now, there are no plans for the west lot past this year, and the problem of parking at Brophy will remain an issue.
“I would like to,” Mr. Higgins said when asked about the possibility of adding new parking space. “But no, we will continue to rely on carpools and parent drop off.”
Brophy has offered bus services in the past and added a bus from northeast Scottsdale this year to help students get to school and eliminate the parking problems.
Visit the Dean’s office for more information on parking, permits and bus routes.