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Jan. 19, 2016 - Civic Area Parking Changes Begin Today; Parking Ambassadors Available to Help the Public

Media Contacts:
Molly Winter, Director of the Department of Community Vitality, 303-720-9526
Lisa Smith, Communications Specialist, 720-390-1351

Civic Area parking changes begin today; parking ambassadors available to help the public

Civic Area parking changes will take effect today, as announced last month. The changes are intended to offer better access to the Civic Area, including the Boulder Public Library and other municipal buildings. The changes also allow for upcoming Civic Area design work.

The changes to Civic Area parking include:

  • Spaces previously reserved for only city employees or the public will become shared spaces. A map pdf is attached to this release;
  • Ninety minutes of free public parking will be added to lots that currently do not offer any free time. Free parking in the Main Library Lot will be reduced from three hours to 90 minutes, with the option to pay for an additional 90 minutes;
  • Civic Area parking lots will be equipped with new parking kiosks. Parkers must enter their license plate to select the free 90-minute period and if needed, pay for additional time at a rate of $1.25/hour for credit card or 25 cents/12 minutes for coin;
  • Managed parking hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Shared parking spaces will be available first-come, first-served. Parking on Saturday and Sunday will be free;
  • Visitors may park in Civic Area lots more than once per day but will only receive up to 90 minutes of free parking on the first visit and time cannot exceed three hours per parking session.;
  • Any person requiring more than three hours of parking is encouraged to use one of the five existing public downtown parking garages;
  • The Park Central lot will remain public only, but will now offer 90-minute free parking with the option to purchase up to an additional 90 minutes;
  • Seniors will continue to have access to free parking at the West Senior Center lot at 9th Street and Arapahoe Avenue. ADA parking spaces in lots throughout the Civic Area will remain.

City parking ambassadors will be stationed outside in one or more of the parking lots beginning this morning to assist drivers with questions and use of the new pay station kiosks.

Civic Area work will eventually result in the removal of up to 45 parking spaces. However, no spaces will be removed until at least the summer of 2016. The exact number of spaces will be determined after data is analyzed regarding the effectiveness of the parking changes.

The City of Boulder first announced the Civic Area parking changes in November 2015. Since the announcement, city staff has collected feedback from library visitors, the Boulder Public Library Commission, Civic Area visitors, senior citizens, members of the community and city employees. The public is welcome to continue to submit questions and comments at

For more specific information on the parking changes, please refer to

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