More payment options for downtown parking on the way

SPOKANE, Wa. “You’ve been there before: drive around the downtown block of Spokane looking for the next free parking spot.

The City of Spokane is upgrading our downtown space to make it safer and friendlier, and no job is too small.

New parking meters are being installed downtown. Most counters will be double counters, meaning one counter will serve 2 points. Extra posts will be removed and some will be turned into places to lock bikes.

All changes come into effect from Tuesday, May 17. The map below illustrates the meter replacement schedule and when they will be replaced.

Phase 1 is in red. These changes occur between May 17 and May 20. Phase 2 is in grey. These changes will take place in June.

Parking meter replacement schedule

Parking meter replacement schedule

The parking meters to be replaced extend beyond these two areas, but this will occur over the next 2-3 years as funding becomes available.

The main reason for this change is that the current meters were first installed in the late 90s and have not been replaced since. They work on a 2G network, and very soon these will no longer be supported.

“It was difficult to find a parking space! We have found a parking space and it only takes coins so we will have to hurry and leave,” a passer-by from the city center told us. “We’re going to have to leave! First collect coins, then put the money in it.

Soon such challenges will be a thing of the past. The main advantage of these new counters is that they will accept a variety of different payment options.

You can pay by mobile apps, online payments, credit cards and coins.

“I’m kind of old school, so I don’t mind putting change in a machine,” another downtown visitor told us.

Additionally, the counters will be color-coordinated based on their parking time options…

  • Purple, 2 hours
  • Blue, 4 o’clock
  • Green, all day

They will start the substitutions at the corner of Spokane Falls Boulevard between Washington and Stevens. Over the next few days they will work west to Monroe, south to 1st Avenue, then back to Washington, completing Phase 1.

If you get a spot in the middle of this transition, take advantage of the (temporary!) free parking.

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David H. Henry