Parking On Campus

Responsibility

It is the responsibility of each student, faculty/staff member and visitor to be familiar with the locations on campus where parking is permitted and any/all rules pertaining to parking on campus.  Bates Community partners are expected to be familiarized with campus parking. The campus map designates where students, faculty/staff and visitors may park.

Link to Bates College Online Campus Map (Interactive)

Bates assumes no responsibility or liability for fire, theft, damage to or loss of any vehicle or any article left therein.

Student Parking

The following lots on campus are designated for student vehicle parking (parking is limited to the delineated spaces):

  • Merrill Lot (the majority of the lot entering from Russell St); areas closest to Underhill Arena are set up for EV charging and Visitor parking; the area closest to Merrill Gymnasium is Faculty/Staff. Merrill Lot is the majority space intended for student vehicle parking.
  • Merrill Back Lot (side rear, behind Facilities Cusson building, and nearer the baseball field and exit to Campus St); central area of lot and most of the line facing Merrill Gymnasium.
  • John Bertram Lot – No parking in the fire lanes or off the pavement – parking is permitted only in delineated spaces. City on street parking is available 24/7 (with exception of emergency parking ban or closure) on Campus Ave section adjacent to JB.
  • Chu Lot, except for a section of (3) spaces on the back line near Bardwell St, reserved for RD use and Bates EMS.
  • Wood St Lot (across from Wood St House 142 Wood St)
  • Personnel/HR Lot (adjacent to Wood St House – front portion closest to Wood St); the back line is Faculty/Staff.
  • Wood/Vale Lot – parking is permitted only in delineated spaces.
  • City on street parking is available 24/7 (with exception of emergency parking ban or closure) on Wood St and Nichols St in the block between Campus Ave and Vale St, and on Frye St. All other city streets in the vicinity of the campus prohibit overnight parking of vehicles.
  • Village Lot (by Mays Center, Rzasa, and Hopkins – The separate lot between Moody and N. Bardwell St in campus is the Olin Lot which is 24 hour Visitor parking and Faculty/Staff during weekday campus business hours; Olin Lot is not Student parking.

Faculty and Staff Parking

The following lots on campus are designated for faculty and staff vehicle parking (parking is limited to the delineated spaces):

  • Merrill Lot – section closest to Merrill Gymnasium
  • Facilities (Cusson) Lot
  • Merrill Back Lot (near exit road leading out past athletic fields to Campus Ave); edge row facing Cusson and back row facing 96 Campus Ave.
  • 96 Campus Ave
  • Alumni Gym Lot (Central Ave side)
  • Kalperis Lot
  • Bonney Science Lot
  • Admissions Lot, except for the row adjacent and facing Wood St
  • Personnel/HR Lot – back row behind HR
  • Lane Lot
  • Olin Lot
  • N. Bardwell St in campus (angled parking)
  • Smith/Adams Lot – between Adams and Smith and behind Smith

EV Charging Stations

Faculty and Staff owners of EVs have informally organized themselves into a Share List to ensure that the community members can all have access to the limited number of EV charging stations on campus, and this will continue so long as the mutual agreement continues to work effectively. Students having EVs may also use the charging stations on campus, but are asked to do so during the overnight and weekend hours when Student vehicles are given shared use of those Faculty/Staff designated spaces. Student vehicles using these spaces in conflict with the time which is designated for Faculty/Staff use are liable to receive a parking ticket. EV Charging Stations are identified situated in the following listed locations:

  • Kalperis Lot: Designated for Faculty/Staff/Visitor use during weekdays when the campus is open doing business. Student vehicle may use these during overnight and weekend times when Student vehicles are allowed to share use of these spaces.
  • Lane Lot: Designated for Faculty/Staff/Visitor use during weekdays when the campus is open doing business. Student vehicle may use these during overnight and weekend times when Student vehicles are allowed to share use of these spaces.
  • N. Bardwell St in campus: Designated for Faculty/Staff/Visitor use during weekdays when the campus is open doing business. Student vehicle may use these during evenings (5:00 p.m. – Midnight), and weekends (6:00 a.m. – Midnight). There is NO PARKING on N.Bardwell St in campus spaces between the hours of Midnight – 6:00 a.m.
  • Lindholm (Admissions) Lot: Reserved for Bobcat Express EVs
  • Merrill Lot (near Underhill Arena): Pay to use
  • Bonney Science Lot: Designated for Faculty/Staff/Visitor use during weekdays when the campus is open doing business. Student vehicle may use these during overnight and weekend times when Student vehicles are allowed to share use of these spaces.


Parking signs and space markings

Parking signs have been kept to a minimum to preserve the beauty of our campus. Consequently, signs primarily designate where you are allowed to park, rather than where you may not park. Parking spaces are defined with painted delineations on pavement where practical, and vehicles are expected to be properly aligned within those spaces. Vehicles which inappropriately park to exceed the space or infringe upon other spaces risk enforcement action being taken. The signposts for signs which have an arrow designating parking in only one direction are what represents the end of the line of parking. Vehicles which are parked to exceed beyond that parking line are liable to receive a citation.


Prohibited parking areas

  • Parking is always prohibited in driveways, walkways, building exits, fire lanes, on grass or any place that would inhibit access of emergency vehicles. In such cases, the vehicle will be towed with or without notice and stored at the owner’s expense.
  • There is no overnight parking on North Bardwell Street from midnight to 6 a.m.*This is essential Faculty/Staff parking.* A $100 fine is incurred for overnight parking here.
  • Vehicles that are not parked in appropriately designated spaces or in the properly designated location (i.e. faculty/staff parking, student parking, etc.) may receive a parking ticket and/or may be towed without warning or notice.

Loading and unloading vehicles

Vehicles may be parked temporarily in driveways for up to 15 minutes for loading or unloading; this is provided that the emergency flashers are activated, AND the driver is readily available to move the vehicle. Vehicles parked for more than 15 minutes may be ticketed and/or towed without warning or notice.


Evening and weekend parking

  • Parking in faculty/staff parking areas is open to student vehicles with permits between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. during weekdays and between 5 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday over weekends. The City of Lewiston has imposed overnight parking restrictions on most streets surrounding the campus. Shared use of the Faculty/Staff designated spaces provide available overnight parking accommodation for permitted student vehicles which need to be moved off the public street. Vehicles which are sharing the use of these Faculty/Staff spaces under this provision (not parked in student specifically designated spaces) will be required to either move back out to park on the street, or be moved to an available student parking space, and allow for the other designated use of those spaces. Student vehicles parking overnight and weekends in Faculty/Staff spaces must be moved by 7 a.m. on weekdays whenever the campus is open doing business, whether or not there are classes scheduled (i.e. Martin Luther King commemorative holiday, and the transition periods at the start and ending of semesters).
  • Parking is prohibited on North Bardwell Street between the hours of Midnight and 6:00 a.m. This includes weekends. Olin Lot is 24hr Visitor Parking including evenings and weekends. No student vehicles may park in Olin Lot.

Parking during vacations

Students who wish to leave their vehicle on campus over any break between semesters must contact Security to make appropriate arrangements. No vehicle shall be left unattended on campus during summer break. Merrill lot is generally the preferred location so that Facilities and Grounds crews can perform maintenance in other lots if necessary. Students who are on campus during break and able to be contacted to move the vehicles if necessary may continue to park in the designated Student spaces on campus, unless notified otherwise. Vehicles left in any other lots on campus after these times may be ticketed and/or towed without warning or notice. The same rules apply when parking on campus during breaks as with any other time when campus is open for business during weekdays; administrative and employee activities continue during breaks in the academic class schedule.


Conducting repairs on vehicles

Minor maintenance (such as replacing a tire or battery, or other wear and tear components designed for easy swap out replacement) are allowed to occur. Vehicles shall not be raised suspended on jacks or stands for the purpose of working underneath the vehicle, and no vehicle shall be left jacked up unattended. This provision is subject to review by campus mechanical staff and the OSHA Safety Officer.


Snow removal and maintenance needs

Any person using campus parking is expected to move their vehicle promptly during periods of snow removal or required maintenance. Notices will be placed in all dorms, posted in the Bates Today and sent out via e-mail. These notices will state the date and time of snow removal or required maintenance. Any vehicle impeding these activities may be towed without warning or notice.


Declared snow emergency parking ban on City streets

Parking Ban Alerts are sent out in advance by the City by means of a “Notify Me” application from the City of Lewiston (Maine) website, which anyone can sign up to receive. Students who park their vehicles on city streets are encouraged to follow through with this in order to receive direct timely notification to their email or text to their cellphone. As a courtesy, the Security Parking Coordinator also makes the effort to get this information to the campus community by means of email messaging, which includes additional information specific to parking on campus and expectations and enforcement. Vehicles not having a permit which park on campus in such declared snow emergency parking ban will be strictly enforced, and may be towed at the owner’s expense. Temporary parking permits will NOT be issued to student vehicles during such periods of time, and visitor permit requests may be denied.

Where to park during declared snow emergency parking bans

The parking designations on campus remain the same during parking bans, and Students are expected to refrain from parking outside the designated Student parking areas. There are not enough parking spaces on campus to accommodate all the vehicles. The City makes public parking garages available for use during a snow emergency declaration. Students are strongly urged to consider this should there be no available designated spaces on campus. Monday-Friday (6:00 am -6:00 pm), there is also a citylink public transportation bus which picks up and leaves from the local bus terminal situated at the parking lot and facility located a short distance from campus at Oak St and Bates St. The bus leaves there at 15 minutes after the hour, and arrives to drop off at campus (College St near Security office) about 5 minutes later. The bus picks up at that same location going back to the Oak St facility on the hour. The last bus leaves that parking facility area at 5:15 pm, and the last returning bus is at 6:00 pm. On Saturdays, the bus runs (9:00 am – 4:00 pm); leaving the facility at 15 minutes after the hour, and picking up on campus to return to the facility at each hour. Even the potential cost incurred for extending a further day of parking in the municipal garages or lots is less than what a parking fine will cost, and can assist the college facilities crews conducting campus plowing and clean up.


Parking related notices

General parking announcements will be sent via e-mail. All persons with parking permits are responsible for being knowledgeable of all information sent out in these parking e-mails and for complying with any directives they contain.


Parking 10 Passenger Vans or Larger Vehicles on Campus

Students, faculty, staff, teams, classes, clubs, etc. using 10 passenger vans or larger vehicles on campus must park these vehicles in the Merrill Lot on Russell St. in the designated spaces at ALL times regardless of why these vehicles are on campus.  No exceptions.  This is for safety reasons and will be strictly enforced.  Parking fines shall be paid by the operator at the time of violation.