Parking, Part 2: Free services for your parking $
For most people, buying a parking permit is a chore, a necessary task but still a chore. But you might be surprised to know that with the permit comes a growing list of services offered by the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Police and Public Safety Department, services delivered right to your car no matter what university lot you use.
"If you lock your keys inside your car, we will come and open the doors; if you leave your lights on, we'll do a jump start; and we'll put air in a tire if it goes flat," said department dispatcher Fatima Marquez. "These are all free services to parking permit buyers while they're here on campus."
The aforementioned "growing list of services" now includes free help changing a tire. "We recently negotiated with Facilities Management so that Monday through Friday during business hours, if somebody needs a tire changed, we can contact Facilities Management?and if they're available, a mechanic will come out free of charge and change a tire. So, that's stepping up the services another notch," said UW-Parkside Police Chief Jim Heller.
Chief Heller said anyone in need of a tire change should still call the police and the department will contact Facilities Management to determine the mechanic's availability.
The chief added he is negotiating with a local towing company to offer a lower rate to change a tire after hours, on weekends, or if Facilities Management personnel are not available.
Please note: these services are for those with valid parking permits on the car that needs service and to campus guests. They are not available for cars in parking areas not on UW-Parkside property, including the Petrifying Spring Forest Preserve overflow lot on Highway JR.
Another ongoing free service is the shuttle bus between the Tallent Hall parking lot and the Student Center. The shuttle's route will expand with the new academic year to serve the front entrance of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities via University Boulevard and the Avenue of the Arts.There are ways to save money on parking at UW-Parkside. We'll look at them in the Tuesday, Aug. 7 edition of Ranger Today.