New parking structure opens

Campus will see a net increase of 800 spaces

August 5, 2021
Author: Imran Ghori
August 5, 2021

UC Riverside’s new four-level parking structure is now open.

Located at the east end of campus, the 1,079-space facility will significantly increase available parking for students, employees, and visitors, and help meet the needs of the growing university, according to Transportation Services.

“This facility provides the parking capacity we need to meet the campus’s ongoing demand,” said Andrew Stewart, associate director of field services for Transportation Services.  “As we lose some of our older surface lots to campus development projects, this structure allows us to continue to serve those community members who are displaced.”

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The new Big Springs 2 parking structure on June 30, 2021.(UCR/Stan Lim)

The project, which was completed last month and opened Monday, Aug. 2, was built on the existing Lot 13 on Big Springs Road. The new structure and surrounding space provide a total of 1,287 spaces — a net increase of 800 for the campus.

Located near Big Springs Parking Structure 1, the new facility has been named Big Springs Parking Structure 2.

A prominent feature of the project’s design is a blue ribbon featuring the UCR logo that frames a corner of the structure.

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The Big Springs 2 parking structure on June 30, 2021. (UCR/Stan Lim)

The parking structure has two entrances and includes bicycle storage with a tire inflation station, 104 electric vehicle charging spaces, security cameras, and a solar-ready roof. The structure is equipped with Wi-Fi internet capability.

Lot 13, which has been partially closed during construction, has been improved with a redesigned walkway and additional passenger waiting and loading space. Additional handicapped accessible parking spaces have been added as part of the project.

Existing Lot 13 permit holders and those on a waitlist are being contacted about obtaining permits to the redesigned lot and structure. The structure also includes daily parking for visitors that can be purchased through the ParkMobile app.

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The new Big Springs 2 parking structure on June 30, 2021.(UCR/Stan Lim)