There’s a new parking option on the Volker Campus. On Aug. 8, UMKC’s new six-level Cherry Street Parking Structure officially opened.
Located at 5000 Cherry Street, the structure serves faculty, staff, students and visitors. Metered visitor parking is available on the fifth level, near the structure’s two walkways. One walkway provides access to the Student Union, the other, to the Performing Arts area.
The parking structure has three entrances/exits: One on Oak Street, 50th Street and Cherry Street.
Cyclists and commuters may also make use of the structure. The space houses secure bicycle storage and two public showers that may be used by commuters.
Although the structure provides room for approximately 1,500 vehicles, it serves as more than just a parking garage. The University Police and mailroom will occupy space on the ground floor of the garage.
The new Cherry Street Parking Structure replaces the 709-vehicle Oak Street Parking Structure. The Oak Street Parking Structure was constructed in the 1970s. A Parking Study conducted in 2008 evaluated current and projected parking demand on the Volker campus. It recommended the campus replace the Oak Street Parking Structure with a new, 1,430-space structure.
A grand opening ceremony will be held September 10 to celebrate the new structure.