Attendees Share Commuting Tips, Watermelon at Picnic in the Park

Despite sporadic rain showers and soggy terrain, many Coogs made their way to the stage in Lynn Eusan Park on Tuesday, Sept. 13, for Parking and Transportation’s Picnic in the Park.

The back-to-school bash, which featured representatives from Parking and Transportation Services, METRO and Zipcar, showcased the wide variety of transportation options available to faculty, staff and students, including the new COAST program, which offers perks to members who pledge to ride METRO, utilize Zipcar or carpool to campus instead of purchasing a parking permit and commuting alone.campus parking advice

Members of the Office of Sustainability were on hand to discuss their campus initiatives and how programs like COAST are necessary and essential to the long-term future of the planet as they promote and encourage people to use more efficient, environmentally friendly forms of transportation.

In addition to visiting with the various organizations, event attendees were offered free watermelon slices and encouraged to join in on the conversation by sharing their own personal commuting and parking advice.

Leighanne Dean, marketing coordinator for Auxiliary Services and organizer of the event, shared some of the personal testimonies on Parking and Transportation’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

“Everyone has a different approach for getting to and around campus each day,” said Dean. “This activity helped illustrate that and just how varied transportation priorities and needs can be.”

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