The Man Behind the Parking


Every year students, staff and faculty get emails from the man behind the Champlain College parking, Carl Riden. With his friendly responses, jokes and photos, he has built up both a fan base and a real active audience for his parking news on the college campus.  As the upcoming school years gets closer, we decided to take some time to talk to him about all of the changes that are occurring this upcoming year as the school takes more steps towards its master plan.

The first of these changes is the elimination of the primary parking lots on campus. The Skiff parking lot, which originally had about 65 spaces, and the Whiting/McDonald lot which had around 150, will both be closed this school year. The Skiff  lot will eventually be reopened as a visitor parking lot with about 15 spaces. The Whiting/McDonald one will remain closed as the location of the two new buildings that are being put up. For staff and students alike, this means parking at the Gilbane lot and shuttling to and from campus.

Another long-term change with the parking situation is that of metered lots. Similar to those in Montreal, Champlain will be turning three parking lots into "Pay & Display" metered parking. There will be kiosks in the middle of the spaces where anyone parking can buy a permit and return to their car to put the tag in the window.

As for the parking situation this year, there have been a few more changes. The zones have been reassigned and the permit costs have risen. For part-time faculty, staff and commuting students, permit costs rose from $50 to between $75 and $90. For full-time Faculty, Staff and commuting students, permits went from $100 to between $170 and $200. Permits go on sale Aug. 16. For more information go here.

"It is a time of transition," Riden explains. "The golden age of parking has come to an end." People will begin to realize this year that parking on campus might just not be a viable option any more. The Gilbane lot will remain free and hopefully many more people will take advantage of it throughout the year.

Riden has been working at Champlain for nine years. Since he started in 2004, he has been an integral part of the school's master plan and has worked through the building of the IDX Center, the Dining Hall and several other changes occurring at the school. His favorite part of the job has been the staff that he works with. "I really like everyone in my department; we have a great time. Rich Long is one of the funniest people on the planet. He's a good boss." The hardest part, he went on to explain, is when people haven't read the parking information. That's why his emails are full of entertainment and information. "I just want to encourage people to know what's going on," Riden concludes.

To find out more about the parking and changes check out the school website or email Carl Riden at

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit