Responding to Business, Resident Input, City Makes Evening Parking Meters Available for up to Four Hours

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In response to business and resident input regarding the new parking meter hours in Downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City, all on-street parking meters can now be paid for up to 4 ½ hours of time during the evening.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. daily, people can feed any meter for up to 4 ½ hours regardless of whether there is a one, two or four-hour limit posted on the meter. Parking meter hours end at 10 p.m. daily.

Our intent was always to offer the ability for longer stays to accommodate those who wish to enjoy dinner or other evening entertainment downtown. This is the interim solution we are able to implement until we install new meters with better and more flexible technology.

When installed, the new parking meters will offer the ability to pay by mobile app and add time remotely.  We will be installing the first phase of smart meters over the next few months.

Patrons, employees, and hotel guests with longer-term parking needs are strongly encouraged to use the City-owned garages, which cost less than meters during weekdays, and are only $1 total after hours and on weekends. There are three City-owned parking garages in the core downtown area, meaning parking is always available within a short walk to your destination.

For garage locations and more information about parking meters and hours of operation, please visit ColoradoSprings.gov/parking.

-- Scott Lee, Director of the City’s Parking Enterprise

Parking FAQs

What are the hours of operation of meters in Colorado Springs?
Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 1-10 p.m.

Why were the hours changed?
Extending hours into the evening reduces the number of employees and hotel guests using on-street parking for extended periods of time, encouraging them to use garages for long-term stays. This change creates turnover and more availability for patrons coming downtown to visit shops and restaurants.

What if I want to stay longer?
Patrons, employees, and hotel guests with longer-term parking needs are strongly encouraged to use the city-owned garages, which cost less than meters during weekdays, and are only $1 total after hours and on weekends.

What is parking meter money used for?
Changes to the meter hours and rates are expected to generate approximately $1M per year for the Parking Enterprise. Revenue earned through the Parking Enterprise will be used to address approximately $10M in deferred maintenance to include cracking concreate, waterproofing, and technology improvements. This deficit will be addressed with top priority needs funded first. As an Enterprise of the City, funds generated by the Parking Enterprise are used maintain current parking structures (downtown), improve surface parking lots (Old Colorado City), improve customer service with better technology, and invest in new parking structures to meet the growing needs of our community. Note: Revenue from parking meters goes to the Parking Enterprise, while revenue from parking tickets goes to the General Fund.

What are the parking meter rates?
Meters closest to the city center charge $1.25 per hour, meters further out charge $1 per hour, and meters on the periphery charge $0.75 per hour. See https://coloradosprings.gov/parking-system-enterprise for more details.

City-operated garages and surface lots

The city-operated garages in Downtown are altering rates both for daily use and monthly pass holders. 

New Monday through Friday hourly rates:

0 to 30 minutes                       $0.50

31 minutes to 1 hour               $1

After first hour                         $1 per hour or fraction thereof

Daily maximum                      $9

 

See ColoradoSprings.gov/parking for more details.

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