In light of current issues regarding ADA parking for Penn State football games, I’d like to call attention the lack of ADA parking for Center for the Performing Arts events, particularly those at Schwab Auditorium.
Whether attending a CPA event at Schwab or Eisenhower, patrons with disabilities must park in the Eisenhower garage, where first-level handicapped spaces are marked “PSU Permit Required.”
Lots directly across from Eisenhower, which used to be available for patrons, are now only available to those who pay for 24-hour access.
For those with mobility issues, the walk from the garage can be long.
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If attending an event at Schwab, patrons must take the Molly Trolley (which is not wheelchair accessible) from the Eisenhower garage.
After inquiring about parking options for patrons with disabilities attending an event at Schwab, the parking office gave us the following options: Park in the HUB lot for $1/hour with the stipulation that, because of student use and construction, a spot cannot be guaranteed; buy a one-day permit at the Eisenhower parking office for $6, which would allow us to park behind Willard Building but, again, with no guarantee of availability of spaces.
Despite the fact that there is a lot behind Old Main (and next to the handicapped entrance to Schwab) none of these spots is made available for CPA events. With some simple, mindful changes, surely Penn State could make the arts more accessible and enjoyable for all.