City asks community to try out parking meters potentially coming to Spokane

Today is a parking holiday
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Parking meters around town might be getting a new look. 

The City of Spokane asked citizens to interact with potential new parking meters and kiosks on Wednesday during a Parking Petting Zoo. 

Right now, the city owns and operates more than 3,000 on street parking spaces in the downtown area that take payment. 

As part of the downtown parking study, the city is replacing 800 devices in 2020. So, officials wanted to get community input. 

“Updated hardware and technology streamlines many manual processes and gives us the opportunity to move staff into other areas of maintaining the system. We expect maintenance, alerts, collecting, connectivity, ease and wayfinding all to improve with new payment devices,” said Director of Parking Services Kris Becker.