Why is the Nevada Historical society treated by the University of Nevada, Reno like the proverbial “Little Red Headed Stepchild” when it comes to parking?

The historical society leases its site from the university and is allocated “adequate” parking. The current allotment of spaces is not adequate. Of the two strips of parking spaces located on the east side of the historical society building, totaling (32), and (10) in front of the building, (17) of east side spaces and all 10 in front were taken for University of Nevada use, including use by the parking office itself, which is located directly across 16th Street in front of the historical society.

This leaves fifteen spaces for all community members visiting the Nevada Historical Society, along with the society’s many “docents” (volunteers). There are four spaces next to a loading dock for staff; NHS has seven staff and a delivery van.

This parking arrangement was set up in 2007.

On weekends, or when historical society events are held at night, the university parking office works with a blind eye, or allows the society to provide temporary parking passes. When the university has Saturday football games, the historical society closes for that day; it also limits hours to accommodate other university activities.

This demonstrates cooperation on both sides. But the need for permanent parking for the Nevada Historical Society remains.

In the time since parking was severely reduced, two major parking garages have been built. Huge amounts of standard ground level parking have been provided to the north on campus. The shuttle system has been improved and is first class.

The historical society has a very complete library, research center, museum, museum store, and program rooms. All are open to the general public.

Among those attending educational lectures, the published writers series, changing exhibits, the “High Noon” series of presentations on Nevada people and history, or other special events, as well as those simply visiting the museum, there is the same complaint: “couldn’t find a place to park.” The cost to park in the university garages, and the use of their parking meters, makes downtown Reno, with its parking meters, look like a…