Mayor Hickenlooper Creates Downtown Parking Task Force
Focus on Downtown Parking Meter Rates, Hours & Enforcement
(DENVER) One step closer to fulfilling his campaign promise to address the issues surrounding downtown parking meters, Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday the creation of a Downtown Parking Task Force. The task force, which will hold its first meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2003, will focus on downtown parking meter rates, hours and enforcement, and will issue recommendations to the Mayor by the end of October.
“No matter where in the city or region I visit, frustration with downtown parking meter rates is a universal complaint,” Hickenlooper said. “The more expensive and inconvenient it is to park downtown, the greater the burden on local businesses, their customers, and anyone who wants to enjoy downtown’s amenities.”
The creation of a citizen committee to address parking issues was proposed in the Hickenlooper campaign’s parking meter plan, issued in April 2003.
“Citizens need to trust that government is working on their behalf,” Hickenlooper said. “One of the biggest problems with the 2002 rate increase was that the public was left with the unfortunate impression that they didn’t matter. Given the depth of public outrage over parking meters, I want to ensure that public input helps to shape our solution. We are on a fast track.”
The Downtown Parking Task Force is comprised of the following volunteer members from the downtown business community, neighborhoods, and City government:
- Brad Buchanan: Buchanan Yonushewski Group
- Barbara Gibson: LoDo District, Inc. Executive Director
- Council President Elbra Wedgeworth: Council District #8
- Councilwoman Judy Montero: Council District #9
- John Imbergamo: Imbergamo Group (restaurant/hospitality consulting)
- San Ong: Downtown resident, St. Charles Neighborhood Assoc.
- Dan Brooks: Silver Cloud Valet
- Brendon Herrington: Downtown Denver Partnership, Transportation Mgr.
- Margaret Ebeling: Larimer Square, Marketing Manager
- John Maslanik: Downtown Denver Residents Organization, President
- Laurie Helmick: Luxe Beauty Salon, Owner
- Joe Dolan: LoDo District, Inc. Board of Directors
- Will Coleman: LoDo Entertainment Group, Chair
- Judge Ray Satter: County Court, Presiding Judge
- Lesley Thomas: Deputy Manager of Public Works
- Anderson Moore: Acting Director of Parking Management
The Downtown Parking Task Force will hold its first meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2003, at 7:30 AM at the Hotel Monaco, 1717 Champa, in Paris Room C.
Hickenlooper was part of an original coalition of citizens and downtown business leaders who met with the Webb Administration in 2002 to oppose the parking meter rate increases. While parts of the 2002 were consequently dropped, the City still increased the costs of a meter in the central downtown business district to $1.50/hour with a two-hour limit. As a result, motorists must have 12 quarters to pay for the maximum time allowed on a downtown meter, time that is often insufficient for many downtown activities such as concerts, dinner and theater, etc.
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