Clark College enrollment
o Total students: 12,013.
o Running Start: 1,971.
o International: 171.
o Worker retraining: 193.
Parking at Clark
o Total parking spaces: About 2,800.
o Faculty/staff reserved spaces: 327.
o Metered spaces: 50.
o Yellow lot 1 west of Fort Vancouver Way reopened Monday after underground infrastructure updates and restriping. It previously had 229 spaces, but now has 360 spaces.
o Silver and Purple lots west of Fort Vancouver Way are a five- to seven-minute walk to campus, but usually are not full.
Monday was a typical first day of the quarter at Clark College. As a car vacated a parking space, a waiting car zipped into the space before another driver could grab it. Motorists lined up for precious parking spots in the popular two green lots north of Gaiser Hall.
Frankie Stone, 19, of Battle Ground said she’d driven around the northern parking lots more than four times before finding a vacant space. She carpooled with Emily Osborn, 20, also from Battle Ground. As she was talking, a car stopped, the driver rolled down her window and asked if she was leaving her space. Stone shook her head, closed her car door and headed for her class.
The driver of the other car continued her search.
The parking lot shuffle on Monday highlighted an ongoing problem on campus. Although some improvements have been made, some students still voiced their frustration with a lack of convenient parking, saying it makes it harder to get to class on time.