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“A revised front parking lot would make a huge difference for the safety at our school, the safety of our children, parents, staff and community,” said PAC President Bonnie Anderson.

Among their concerns are the lack of spaces, especially for disabled and visitor parking, as well as poor traffic flow and congestion. Anderson argued some parents are using Strong Start programs at different schools as there is not enough parking at Robert Ogilvie. She’s also worried about visitors parking at the back of the school, and entering without the front office knowing.

In the past, the school has tried to help the parking situation with signs and designated staff and parent parking, but drivers continue to park in the bus area, block other vehicles in, and turn left onto busy 100 Avenue, causing traffic congestion. Between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. anywhere between 30 to 45 vehicles use the front parking lot, and a survey of almost 100 parents show almost 90 per cent would support a new parking lot.

The PAC is proposing streamlining the parking lot so vehicles can only enter from the the traffic lights on 86 Street, and exit to the right on 100 Avenue. Parking would be back in only. Time is of the essence in fixing this issue, and the PAC hopes it can be done while B.C. Hydro is putting the power lines in front of the school underground this summer.

“Perhaps in working together with the School District and B.C. Hydro there could be a permanent solution to our front parking lot which would alleviate a lot of our issues that we have with the back parking lot area,” said Anderson.

The School Board agreed to discuss the proposal at an upcoming committee meeting on May 7, 2012. The plan will also require consultation with the City.

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