Student acess to Newberg drive in jeopardy - Possible Gate Closure
April 13, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
It is nearing two years since the gate connecting Sandy Drive and the McNary Campus has been closed and locked. The dead-end of Sandy Drive, formerly deemed “Smoker’s Alley”, was prone to loitering, drug use, littering, and disturbances by students prior to the closure of the gate. The closure of the gate, petitioned by Sandy Drive residents, was widely disliked by McNary students, due to the fact that some students’ houses were no longer a quick walk (not to mention fast food joints); the nearest route was via Celtic Lane, a big detour for some. Some Students claim that the Sandy Drive gate closure has been the reason they have not been on time to school.
Now a similar issue is brewing; residents on MacArthur Street and Newberg Drive aren’t very happy.
McNary parking is very limited, and for the first half of this year, sophomores couldn’t even park on campus. Add in a $25 /per semester parking pass and students have another reason to park off campus. Students who drive to school and aren’t able to obtain a parking pass resort to MacArthur street, where they park on the side of the road. This has brought several problems to residents surrounding that area.
Michael Catlow, who live on Newberg Drive, spoke on the topic.
“Beginning last year, there was more car parking,” Catlow said. “There’s parking in different directions. It’s just all day, kids throwing trash around. I’ve picked up trash in my bushes. There are potholes and mud. I can’t do anything about it. I can’t do yard work because cars are in the way. You need to do something about it.
A simple solution would be to lock the gate at the end of MacArthur Drive. That would discourage parking on that road and cease the littering, mudholes, and disturbances that occur on that road. Currently, Charles Anderson, a Newberg Drive resident, is collecting signatures and presenting the Keizer city council with a petition to lock that gate. It’s not as easy as it sounds, though…
Since the Keizertimes wrote the original story, backlash by students has been pouring in via Facebook.
One McNary student commented on the issue. “Maybe if we didn’t have to pay $25 every semester more kids would park in the school parking lot but if we don’t get even a new pass we get ticketed so kids who can’t afford the bs won’t park there. Plus you closed Sandy and traffic became so backed up the tardies most likely increased because it takes so long to get into the school. Closing another entrance will literally make hell every morning.”
Another McNary student posted on Facebook exclaiming,”This gate is the only reason i’m at school on time. DON’T CLOSE IT.”
The solution of the issue is up in the air currently. McNary principal, Erik Jesperson, the Newberg Street and MacArthur Drive residents, and Keizer City Council are working diligently to solve the problem.