Our combined business meeting / armored & rapier practice takes place on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM at the Eastern Michigan University Utility gym. This is on the second floor of the EMU Rec/IM facility.
There is no free parking at this site. Coordination for car pooling is suggested if that is a concern.
The following campus map shows various parking options. We will be in building 27 in the center of the map.
Parking in the Bowen Lot:
The best parking option is the Bowen lot, D4 (in green), directly West of the Rec/IM / Bowen Field House building. This can be reached from West Circle Drive, which is off of Oakwood. Oakwood may be reached from Huron River Drive, or West Cross St/Washtenaw. Follow the signs to the Bowen field house.
If you are coming from I-94, take the Huron St. exit toward downtown Ypsilanti. You will turn left at the fire museum past downtown Ypsilanti at Cross St. You will pass the infamous Ypsilanti Water tower. The first stop light past that is Oakwood.
The Bowen lot requires a credit card to exit, similar to most parking garages.
You will recognize you're on the right road for the Bowen lot since there will be an Amazon pickup center on your left.
Getting to the Utility Gym from the Bowen lot:
If you park in the Bowen lot, there is a door into the Bowen field house at the corner of the building. This enters the building at the second floor.
Go down the long hallway. Past the double doors at the intersection, look left. You will see a hallway that goes to another set of doors for the Rec/IM building. If these doors are open, go through here. Continue through the doors into the Rec/IM. At the intersection, you will be at a stairwell and forced to turn right. Continue past another set of double doors and the Utility gym will be on your left.
If you are unable to enter the rec/im building from the Bowen lot entrance, continue straight and go down the stairs. This will take you to the main rec/im entrance noted below.
Metered Parking and Other Options
Metered parking may be accessed via Jarvis St, which is off Huron from the freeway. Google directions to the rec/im center will direct you this way.
Jarvis will become East Circle Dr. when it enters the campus. At the entrance to the campus here, you will see the Alexander pay lot (55). This is far, but has lots of parking.
As you continue on East Circle Dr. toward the rec/im, you will see meters on your left and right. This is in front of the commons / downing buildings. These will accept quarters at 25 cents per 10 minutes, with a 2 hour maximum.
East circle dr will take a slight job left into the rec/im area in front of the Snow building. There is no parking here, but this is a reasonable drop-off location for armor or people.
If you were to take the right at this intersection, there is a number of parking meters good for half an hour. (Buell)
While the Snow lot looks tempting, do not park here! You will be ticketed.
All meters have a text to pay option. Text to park instructions are available at the Park EMU website:
Getting to the Utility Gym from the Metered Parking:
While you cannot park at the circle in front of the Snow building, you will see doors into the Rec/IM building in front of you. Entering there will take you to the main desk. Pass the turnstyles on the right (the desk may want you to say you're with SCA Barony of Cynnabar). There will be an elevator just past this area on the right. They discourage use of this elevator, but it's the best option if you have armor or other things to carry.
Take the elevator to the second floor. Turn right and head toward the Utility gym.
If you are trying to get to one of the buildings with armor or other things to drop off, your best option is to use the Bowen lot. However, drop-off in front of the Snow building is a good option, just don't park here even temporarily.