Everyone is invited to share the excitement and attend the grand opening of our new parking structure on
Monday morning, August 17. It promises to be a beautiful summer morning for the festivities, which
will be held outdoors on the top of the parking structure. The views of the foothills and the
mountains will be picturesque. A continental breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m., with the
ceremony to begin at 8 a.m. (The Fall 2009 Convocation program, which is the kick-off for Professional
Development Week, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Student Center.) Among the planned grand opening festivities:
remarks from campus representatives, community dignitaries and students, as well as a special
checkered-flag ribbon cutting and vintage cars on display.
The opening of the new parking structure, featuring 1,431 spaces and a 3,200-square-foot facility for
District Police, will mark the culmination of “Students First,” a year-long campaign.
The goal of “Students First” was to make available as many on-campus parking spaces as possible for
students. This campaign involved extensive collegial consultation of many campus constituencies,
including the Parking Alternatives Taskforce, Facilities Committee and Planning and Budget
Council, as well as the support of faculty, staff and administrators who either parked off-site
at a 500-space lot near Gillespie Field in El Cajon or who utilized transportation alternatives.
During the past 2008-2009 academic year, raffle prizes were awarded as incentives to GCCCD
employees who choose innovative commuting solutions, including riding on shuttle buses,
motorcycles and scooters to the campus, while grateful students distributed special
“Students First” lapel pins to participating college and district employees. Students,
meanwhile, were encouraged to use public transportation, carpool or the soccer field for
parking, and to avoid parking along residential streets in the surrounding neighborhoods.
The new structure represents a win-win for the students, employees and neighbors who
live near the campus. The additional parking is expected to alleviate some traffic congestion
on nearby streets. The new structure also marks another milestone achievement for East
County taxpayers who approved the Proposition R bond measure in 2002. Proceeds from the
$207 million bond measure have financed the construction of several capital improvement
projects on both Grossmont and Cuyamaca campuses.