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Lambert High School seeks more parking at Old Atlanta Recreation Center

SOUTH FORSYTH — Twenty students at Lambert High School may find parking a little easier to come by this fall thanks to a decision by Forsyth County’s parks and recreation board.

During its meeting Tuesday, the board voted 3-0, with members Todd Holbrook and Gary Cooper absent, to move forward with allocating Lambert additional parking spots at the Old Atlanta Recreation Center, which is across the street from the school.

The plan, which still requires approval from the county commission, would generate more revenue for the parks department.

“We do have 80 parking spaces that we lease out during the school year,” explained Jim Brennan, parks director. “Each space [costs] $300, so basically we pick up $24,000 a year.

“The 20 spaces … are the ones that we have considered being leased out in the upcoming school year and then we’ll just make it a straight 100 spaces every year.

“That generates another $6,000 in revenue, and those are spaces that obviously we can get away with letting the school kids use.”

As of the 2014-15 school year, Lambert had the highest enrollment — 2,724 students — among high schools in the Forsyth County system.

The parking arrangement dates back to 2012, when 50 parking spaces at the recreation center were approved for lease to Lambert students. Another 30 were added in 2013.

In the spring, Lambert awarded the existing 80 spaces through a raffle for the 2015-16 school year.

According to Brennan, the parking situation has not affected the recreation center, because visitation drops off during the school year. He added that, some nearby businesses also rent out parking spaces to students.