July 08, 2008

To:          UAF Community

From:     Brian Rogers, Incoming Interim Chancellor

Re:         Summer parking announcement

As you all know, UAF has a wide variety of community events beyond the classes we teach. We have lectures, ball games, music and movies and we want the Fairbanks and Alaska communities we serve to feel welcome and a part of what we are doing.

Many people are telling me that parking is getting in the way of UAF’s campus being an inviting destination for people who live here. Not knowing where to park, having to pay for parking and getting parking tickets make UAF a lot less welcoming and a whole lot harder to visit again.

I want to change that. I want Fairbanks community members to feel welcome when they visit UAF. I want UAF to be a place people want to come back to after a visit. So today, at the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce meeting, I am announcing one small step in moving UAF and Fairbanks closer together: free visitor parking.

There will be free visitor parking in the Taku and Nenana visitor parking lots on UAF’s campus starting with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Sunday, July 13 and continuing through the summer. Shuttle bus service to all campus locations will be available from those two lots.

There will be more announcements soon regarding parking and about ways we hope to make people feel at home on UAF’s campus; this is just a start. I want to make campus as open and accessible as possible, not just during the Summer Arts Festival, but all year long.

Thanks for all you do. I hope you are having a magnificent summer. 

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