Three parking spaces behind the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts parking lot have been reserved for music therapy clients. The change, which went into effect at the beginning of the semester, is due to congestion and confusion regarding parking in the past.
The music therapy program has 16 to 18 clients who visit the facility Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Supervisor of the music therapy clinic, Maria Fay, outlined some of the problems of the program’s clients. “Often, mothers have two or three kids with them when they come so it was really difficult for them to find a parking spot and to get in here,” she stated.
Clients brought up their concerns to Fay, who then turned the issue over to Mike Finegan, chief of campus safety. Some of these concerns included parking in spots and being unsure of whether they would receive a ticket.
To solve the problem, Finegan spoke with Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer, Joe Garvey, about reserving three spots in the lot. Finegan explained that the parking spots were modeled after another campus clinic’s reserved spots for clients. “The [music therapy] department reached out asking if we would be able to reserve a couple spots for their clients, just as there are spots reserved down at the speech and hearing clinic for their clients.”
The fine for parking in the music therapy client spaces is $25.