Friday, November 20, 2009

DOWNTOWN PARKING NEWS

Here's a bit of news not likely to brighten your holiday season. Several remaining bright spots: parking is still free here on Saturdays and on Monday evenings from 7 p.m-9 p.m., and there are still several weekday free spaces on our lot at 15th & Olive. Also, you may choose to park on one of the all-day lots and avoid entirely the need to run and feed the meter.

From the official announcement:

Effective Monday, November 30, most parking meters in the Downtown area will cost $1 for one hour of parking. This will include the meters around Central Library and Central Express. Please notify persons of this change who may be planning to visit one of these locations.

This action was taken to encourage people who are downtown for longer periods of time to use a parking garage or parking lot rather than “feed the meter.” Downtown workers and others were often using meters for several hours or all day. Parking meters were then unavailable for someone wanting to make a short stop at a business or go to a restaurant for lunch.

Meters are FREE (for up to 2 hours) on holidays, weekends, and in the evening after 7 p.m. There is limited free parking for visitors on the Library’s parking lot at 15th & Olive. The available parking spaces are numbers 32 through 42. Library visitors can park in one of these spots, pick up a parking slip/form in Central Library, and turn in the slip at 1415 Olive for a token to exit the gated lot.

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