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Frisco Superdrome Might Become a Parking Garage

Submitted by on January 20, 2011 – 11:41 am6 Comments

The Superdrome in Frisco, Texas

“They paved paradise to put up a parking lot” – Joni Mitchell

According to WFAA the Frisco Superdrome is at risk of being bulldozed to make way for, get this,  a parking lot. Seriously.  It seems the 15 million dollar velodrome sets on land that is owned by the Preston Ridge campus of Collin College.  The school says they are out of parking spaces and need the room for more cars.

I am not making this up.

They are also exploring the possibility of building a 4 story parking garage on an existing school parking lot, but that would add 4 million dollars to the cost.  The city and school are at odds over who should pay for what. I have an idea – the city should challenge the school officials to a 12 hour Madison, the loser pays for the parking garage.  Fair is fair.

Both the school and the Superdrome are located next to residential neighborhoods, and those folks are not very excited about a parking structure for a neighbor.

The Superdrome is sandwiched between the school (left) and ball parks (right)

Is there some cruel irony here or what?  On one hand much of North Texas works diligently to improve our bicycling infrastructure and amenities,  on another we’re considering destroying one of the premier cycling facilities in North America so we can park more cars.  Weirdness.  I get that the school’s enrollment numbers translates to a need to accommodate the transportation needs of the additional students.  Fine.  But is bulldozing one of 22 velodromes in North America the best solution we can come up with? And have they actually tried to encourage students to ride bicycles to school instead of driving a car?

I’ve written the folks at the Superdrome to get more details, I’ll post those as I get them. Read more about our experience at the Superdrome here.

h/t Mr Husman

-Chris

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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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