DENVER, CO — Monday, March 21, 2011 – Denver Mayor Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal, Denver City Councilwoman Judy Montero, Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) President and CEO, Tami Door and Denver Public Works Manager, George Delaney, announced the implementation of overnight parking in Denver’s Central Business District. In response to requests from area businesses and residents, Denver Public Works, Denver City Council, DDP and the Parking Magistrate’s Office collaborated to make this long-awaited on-street parking option a reality.
Thanks to the new Smart Meters and a revised street sweeping schedule, businesses, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to park overnight in Downtown Denver. The new street sweeping schedule will allow drivers to park on one side of the street from 2:00 A.M to 8:00 A.M. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays while the street is swept on the other side. Drivers will be allowed to park on both sides of the street on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights into the following morning. As a reminder to drivers, the day is considered to begin at midnight (12:00 A.M.).
“Our ability to provide overnight parking to our residents, businesses and visitors reflects Denver’s growth towards becoming a true 24-7 city,” said Mayor Vidal. “This service will provide additional convenience and options for Downtown visitors and residents by allowing them to keep their vehicles on the streets overnight.”
Beginning March 21st, Denver Public Works Traffic Engineering Services will install new overhead street signs and new stickers on the nearly 3,000 parking meters included in the program to inform drivers which side of the street is available for overnight parking. The replacement of street signs and parking meter stickers will begin at 17th and Wynkoop, with crews working their way southeast through the Central Business District area until the work is complete around July 2011. Areas without meters will maintain the 2:00 A.M. to 6:00 A.M. street sweeping restriction seven days per week.
“Accommodating the need for overnight meter parking is an exciting step for Downtown Denver,” said Tami Door. “Now residents, businesses and visitors will be able to utilize most meters 24 hours a day.”
Drivers are encouraged to pay extra attention to overhead street signs and meter stickers to understand which side of the street is available for overnight parking. Parking rates and time limits will be clearly posted on the meters and drivers will need to pay attention to these postings to understand their parking options and restrictions.
Downtown Overnight Parking Details:
6:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. meter parking is allowed and will continue to be free
- 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. meter parking is allowed and will continue to be free
- 8:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M., vehicles must be moved 100’ after posted time limits (two hours in most cases)
- 10:00 P.M. – 8:00 A.M., the posted two-hour parking time restrictions end at 10:00 P.M., allowing vehicles to park in one space without moving their vehicle (maximum of $6 for the 10-hour overnight period with the two hour free period between 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M. included).
Meters will automatically calculate the parking fee for the period of time desired.
- 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M., meter parking is allowed and will continue to be free
- 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 A.M. parking will be $1.00 per hour
- 2:00 A.M. – 6:00 A.M. will be [Article].50 per hour (previously vehicles were ticketed and potentially towed for parking during these hours)
- Metered parking from 12:00 A.M. to 11:59 P.M. on Sundays and posted holidays will continue to be free. However, drivers will need to pay for parking beginning at 12:00 A.M. Monday or the day after the free holiday.
A map detailing the overnight parking program area and implementation schedule is available at www.ParkSmartDenver.com.