Downtown Parking Information
To make parking easy and convenient throughout downtown, the City is making changes to parking rates to free up spaces in the busiest, most desirable areas of downtown, and provide more choices to parkers.
Effective January 1, 2018, the City has established two pricing zones for metered parking to improve access to parking spaces:
- PREMIUM PARKING – For those who want the convenience of a space in the highest demand areas of downtown, the Premium spaces have a 3-hour time limit and are $1.50/hour.
- VALUE PARKING – Offers lower hourly rates and longer time limits in the periphery of the core downtown.
Looking for free places to park when you come downtown? Here's a list of free places to park to save you some money:
- After 6PM: park at any Value Zone meter or lot (look for the green signs)
- Sundays: every meter is free. Free parking is also available 3AM-Midnight in Garages 3 and 9 on Sundays.
- Don't forget, meter start times begin at 10AM. If you are coming downtown early in the morning, you do not need to pay for parking prior to 10AM.
- Garage 1 (521 7th St) and Garage 12 (555 1st St) offer the first hour free. Each hour thereafter is $0.50/hr.
The Parking Division's goal is to set the lowest possible price to achieve 85% occupancy in the Premium and Value Zones. An occupancy rate of 85% means each block has a couple of open spaces at any given time, giving parkers the choice to park close and pay a bit more, or park a few blocks away and save some money. Occupancy data is collected and twice per year is evaluated to determine if price adjustments are needed to achieve 85% occupancy rate at peak times.
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