By Hailey Hunt
Any student at Westlake could tell you that there is a serious problem with the parking at Westlake. With the jaw dropping 4,000 students at Westlake coupled with a mere 500 or so premium student parking spots, it is clear that something needs to be done. Our student body has suggested things like individualized senior parking spots for a higher price, not giving sophomores parking passes, or dividing the parking lots by grade, however the administration and faculty have struggled to come up with a solution that pleases everyone when it comes to the unsatisfactory parking situation. But have no fear, a solution could soon be on the way. At a recent community council meeting, our PTA and administration revealed plans for a new parking lot that will be built behind the bus lot next to Westlake. It’s a bit of a walk, but it will open up at least 250 new spots for students who were unable to get a pass at the beginning of the year. This is the perfect solution for a problem that has been growing ever more worrisome the past few years, as our school continues to grow steadily.
It is unclear when the new lot will be completed, but it is confirmed to be completed before the school year ends, which is just in time for all the sophomores to get their driver’s licenses! In the meantime, we will simply have to tough it out. If you struggle, like many students, to find a parking spot, try carpooling with friends, having parents drop you off, or riding the bus. If none of these things sound like your jam, some students suggest getting to school earlier for a parking spot and sitting in your car to finish up homework, eat breakfast, listen to music, or read. There are many ways to make the best of a rough situation.
Don’t lose all hope of ever getting a decent parking spot though, next year when the school splits and all our Eagle Mountain residents go to the new Cedar Valley High School, our student body will be substantially smaller, which will open up plenty of parking spots for the students remaining at Westlake.
But remember Westlake, when all is said and done and the seniors have moved on to bigger and better things, and the juniors and sophomores continue on with their high school experience at different schools, it won’t be the parking situation that defines your high school experience. It will be the friends you made, clubs you joined, and activities you went to that will determine how enjoyable high school is and shape who you are as a person. So next time you get to school 5 minutes late and can’t find a parking spot, keep your head up and remember it’s not the end of the world. High School is full of too many fun opportunities to let a little thing like parking get you down.