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CWU Expands and Overhauls Parking

In anticipation of record enrollment, CWU is expanding and renovating two popular parking lots this summer. One is at the corner of University Way and Wildcat Way (top photo). The other lies between the Brooks Library and Nicholson Boulevard (bottom photo).

The project adds nearly 50 stalls to the lot on University Way, and 60 stalls to the lot at the library. Bill Yarwood, executive director of facilities management, said the additional parking accommodates record new-student enrollment and helps keep cars out of residential neighborhoods.

“We want to be a good neighbor,” Yarwood said. “We’re protecting big old trees, enhancing the landscaping, and recognizing the real increase in parking demand.”

The lot on University Way is getting new access driveways and landscaping, in addition to 47 more parking stalls. Archeologists are monitoring the work to record any historical items that may be uncovered.

The east half of the library parking lot is being reworked and expanded to accommodate 60 more stalls. Four trees were removed and five new trees will be planted. One tree was relocated, along with plaques for the Class of 1938 and Class of 1939. The large planter and six class plaques on the west side of the parking lot will stay put. Many established trees, including the only giant sequoia on campus, are also being protected.

Crews are performing general maintenance, striping, and resurfacing work on many other campus parking lots over summer break.

Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,

August 11, 2016