FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — The woman at the center of restricted handicapped parking on the University of Arkansas’ Bud Walton Arena has filed an ADA complaint with the Department of Justice, contacted the Arkansas Disability Coalition and is asking the Arkansas Disability Council to look into the situation.
Missi Treadwell Walker, a mother of a disabled teen, said she was denied parking in a handicapped spot, Lot 56D, by a traffic guard, because she was not a donor. She was told to park at a lot down the road and take a shuttle to the game.
Walker said she was at the game because her daughter was part of a group scheduled to sing the National Anthem at the beginning of the game.
Questions are being raised about handicapped parking on the University of Arkansas campus after the mother of a disabled teen says she couldn’t park in a spot close to Bud Walton Arena.
A Facebook post made by Missi Treadwell Walker was shared hundreds of times.
She says she was denied parking in a handicapped spot in lot 56D, right across from Bud Walton, because she wasn’t a donor.
Her daughter, who is physically disabled, was singing the National Anthem at Bud Walton for a men’s basketball game Tuesday night, January 29.
Walker was told she could park in a farther lot and would have to take a shuttle.
“There were probably 6 to 8 spots that were all handicapped there. I think we saw two that have handicap stickers or plates, the rest were donors,” Walker said.
Arkansas Athletics Spokesman Kevin Trainor says Lot 56D is designated for members in the Razorback Foundation, and Walker was denied parking there because she didn’t have the correct pass.
He goes on to say Walker was informed that Lot 56 had ADA parking in a reserved area, and could catch the shuttle.
For Women’s Basketball Games, handicap attendees can park in any open spot, including Lot 56D, because there is fewer attendance to those games.