On street parking limited ahead of Laurier homecoming

In preparation for a sea of ​​purple and gold in Waterloo this weekend, on street parking has been limited in the Wilfrid Laurier University area.

Homecoming 2022 kicks off on Thursday.

On street parking on Ezra Street, Bricker Avenue, and Clayfield Avenue will not be allowed until Monday,

Vehicles parked on those streets may be ticketed or towed at the owner’s expense.

There will also be no parking during the weekend at St. Michael’s Church at 80 University Avenue West.

Building access will be limited.

Beginning Friday at 6 pm until Monday at 7 am, entrances facing Bricker Avenue, King Street North, and Albert Street will have controlled access.

This includes the university’s Science buildings, Bricker Academic, Schlegel Building, Frank Peters Building, Dr. Alvin Woods Buildings, and Lazaridis Hall.

The buildings can be accessed using a Laurier OneCard.

In past years, Ezra Avenue has seen large unsanctioned street parties during Homecoming.

“We have returned to campus protocols put in place promoting health and safety. We’ve got a lot of operational things we’re doing like limiting guests and parking and so on to prohibit folks from gathering,” said Jason Coolman, the vice- President of Advancement and External Relations.

The university has reminded students to “be respectful.”

“We have been consistently communicating that they should make smart and responsible choices when it comes to gatherings with friends, and also reminding them that we have a zero tolerance when it comes to unsanctioned gatherings,” Coolman said.

Laurier is working with regional police and the city of Waterloo on an operational plan for the weekend.

For Saturday and Sunday events, day parking will be available for homecoming guests in the campus parking areas, which are accessible from the King Street entrance.

The lots are expected to be fuller this weekend.

“We’re hoping for a great weekend of fun and safe activities for both our students and our alumni returning to the community,” Coolman said.

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