Study finds problems, solutions for downtown Spokane parking

SPOKANE, Wash. - A parking study funded by the City of Spokane is giving city leaders an idea of how to improve parking for drivers in downtown.

The study, conducted by Nelson Nygaard, looked at overall parking availability, how spaces are priced and regulated, how many people park downtown, and at what times.

The study found that Spokane has just over 5,000 parking spaces that are on-street downtown. There are an additional 31,000 plus off-street spots in private lots and parking garages throughout the city. In fact, parking takes up 30 percent of all downtown space.

According to the study, the busiest time to park in downtown Spokane is during weekdays between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. During that time, the study claims only 56 percent of all available parking is occupied.

The study concluded that the most convenient spaces are under priced, encouraging drivers to circle to find parking. 

The study also said the city should enforce curb regulations and meter times more strictly, so that drivers who overstay don't hurt local businesses. When asked how they get to downtown Spokane, 68 percent of drivers surveyed said they drive alone and park, 4 percent said they take public transportation.

To view the full report, click here.


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