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Chancellor announces free summer parking in two visitor lots

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902

07/08/08

University of Alaska Fairbanks interim Chancellor Brian Rogers has announced that visitor parking on campus will be free in two lots starting with the kickoff of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival on July 13 and running until the end of the summer.

Rogers made the announcement Tuesday during the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon. He said his decision to offer free parking through the rest of the summer is an effort to make the campus more inviting and is part of an overall examination of parking policies on campus.

"I want Fairbanks community members to feel welcome when they visit UAF," Rogers said. "I want UAF to be a place people want to come back to after a visit."

He said he hopes the free parking will encourage the community to take advantage of all the university has to offer during the festival and the remainder of the summer, including concerts, movies, lectures and other events.

"And just as important," Rogers said, "know that UAF wants you to come back again and again."

The free parking will be in the Taku lot off Farmer's Loop and the Nenana lot across from the Patty Center. Rogers added that the free parking during the arts festival and through the summer is just the first step in his efforts to make the campus more welcoming.

"There will be more announcements soon regarding parking and about ways we hope to make people feel at home on UAF's campus," he said.

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