H.G. Acres & Company Limited
"By 1980, a demand for 7,057 parking spaces is forecast for the total university population and visitors. A continuous parking development program, estimated to cost $10,890,000, will be necessary over the years 1968 to 1980 to accommodate this demand. Because the central campus is limited in space, additional parking facilities must be located on the west campus. A bus service connecting the west and central campuses could be established if a demand arises."
7,057 spaces by 1980?: In 2007 there were 4,714 parking spaces on the main campus, with the largest parking zones located west of the main campus in what were formerly Zones 6 and 7, now lots "M" and "N".(Becker, 9), a difference of 2,343 parking spaces!
The rationale to expand parking into west campus, which was formerly a part of the Royal Botanical Gardens' "Coldspring Valley Trails" was based in a projection that turned out to be drastically overblown. We lost Binkley's Pond, trail system, habitat, etc, for unnecessary parking lots.
*This study is a replacement for McMaster University's "Internal Traffic and Parking Report" prepared by H.G. Acres in October 1967...