COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Colorado, Colorado Springs students are parking in neighborhoods to avoid paying for on-campus parking permits, but residents in the area are fighting back to get their spots back.
The City of Colorado Springs has already enforced a permit program in Cragmoor South. If residents don't have permits on their vehicles, in the area, they will be cited by campus or Springs police.
Michaela Lopez lives in Cragmoor North. She welcomes the idea of having a permit program in her area since student parking in her area became worse.
"The new kids, they park in front on my house, (and) in front of my mailbox," Lopez said.
UCCS students park at Palm and Ridgewood Drive along with Madrone Way, and they go up a trail that leads to the campus.
Students are doing this because they don't want to pay more than $300 for an on-campus parking permit.
Students like Tony Costello want residents in the neighborhoods to understand their situation.
"We aren't parking here to cause any problems for you, we are trying to make it more convenient for us as college students," Costello said.
But Lopez has a message for the students.
"Be respectful, we pay to live here and it's not an inexpensive place to live," Lopez said.
UCCS has a shuttle that takes students to the campus for free and runs from 6:40 a.m. to 10:40 p.m.
The university is also building a parking garage that will have more than 1,000 parking spots for permitted drivers, but the price for a permit will not a change.