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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — If you’ve got a car, your best bet is to leave it at home Friday, Area II officials said this week.

Most of the commonly used parking spaces — at the Dragon Hill Lodge, the commissary, the Post Exchange, Moyer Community Activities Center, the movie theater, Collier Field House and other lots — will be off-limits to make room for the hundreds of visitors expected at U.S. Forces Korea’s change-of-command ceremony.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Gen. B.B. Bell will take command of USFK, the United Nations Command and the Combined Forces Command at a ceremony at Collier Field House. The event is invitation-only and includes a guest list of South Korean and other foreign dignitaries in addition to the U.S. military’s top command.

To help alleviate the parking crunch, officials are asking USFK personnel to consider using public transportation or walking to work on Friday.

“We are stressing car-pooling or alternate methods of transportation,” Staff Sgt. David N. Sweeney, Area II Provost Marshal Office operations sergeant, was quoted as saying in a news release.

To prepare for the event, Area II officials are banning parking from several key locations starting at 11 p.m. Thursday. If cars remain after that, they will be towed to another on-base location.

“Once barricades are in place, reserved parking areas will be off-limits,” Sweeney stated. “Vehicles left in those areas will be towed, so we request that personnel who are going on leave or [on temporary duty] do not leave their vehicles on-post. All non-essential vehicles should remain off-post.”

Alternate parking includes lots on Camp Coiner, behind Trent Gym, near the Army Community Service building, picnic pavilion areas, lots near Commiskey’s restaurant, and the 18th Medical Command parking lot across from Gate 17.

Students at Seoul American Elementary School will be dismissed at 11 a.m. Students at the middle and high schools will go a full day, but they will be restricted to campus during lunch.

Planning ahead

Changes because of parking:

11 p.m. Thursday: Parking ban begins.

11 a.m. Friday: Seoul American Elementary will let students out.

Noon Friday: The Post Exchange and the mini-mall will open.

4 p.m. Friday: Expected time that normal parking will resume.

— Teri Weaver

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