Stillwater News Press

Local News

September 20, 2013

Oklahoma State students take Hargis’ parking spot

STILLWATER, Okla. — An effort aimed at temporarily reclaiming public land for public park space and bringing awareness to the idea was held Friday at Oklahoma State University.

Members of the American Society of Landscape Architecture reclaimed the parking spot of a well-known member of the university — President Burns Hargis — during PARKing Day.

ASLA members joined organizations around the globe who embrace alternate means of transportation other than cars and returning parking space to the public in the form of park land.

ASLA-OSU President James Hazzard said last year’s inaugural event was successful, and the group wanted to stage it again.

“We like the purpose of the day and that mindset so we wanted to keep doing that,” he said. “We thought the best way to do that would be to use President Hargis’ spot.”

Hazzard got in touch with OSU administration and outlined his plan. He said Hargis is like-minded in caring for the beauty of the campus, so the project was well received.

“They said they were more than happy to and they were very supportive of it,” he said.

Students spent approximately nine hours Friday in a structure constructed on Hargis’ parking spot, located in front of Whitehurst Hall. The area is a high-traffic one for students traveling from class to class. Handouts were given and approximately 50 students and staff stopped to inquire.

Hazzard said that he hopes more organizations and awareness will come to the event next year, but was happy with the outcome this year.

“I think that parking is an issue on campus in some ways, but there’s already a movement on campus within the last couple of years,” he said. “There’s been a number of projects and we’ve been involved in those.”

He said Hargis has worked to continue the idea with Campus Beautification Day. He said it will be interesting to see where they take the project next year.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Stilly Studio
NewsPress Specials
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case