City Adopts Placard System to Indicate Reserved On-Street Parking Spaces

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, 509.625.7773

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 10:08 a.m.

On-street paid parking spaces that are reserved are now indicated with placard signage. This is the next step in the renovation of the on-street parking system. Parking customers will see new visual signage at spaces that are reserved and not available for use.

“The placard system is a best practice among other cities and prepares our on-street system for its technology and system renovation to improve on-street paid parking and provide the best in curb management,” says Steve MacDonald, Community and Economic Development Director.

Things for on-street parking customers need to look for:

  • Placards will be attached to meter poles at on-street spaces.
  • Reserved spaces for events or other uses will be red.
  • Reserved spaces for construction or obstruction will be orange.
  • Placards will indicate the date, start and end times of the reservation. Customers are allowed to park in the space outside of the times indicated. If a vehicle is occupying the space within the reservation time on the placard, it is subject to a parking ticket and towing.

This update has the following benefits:

  • Provides 24-hour advance notice to parking customers for spaces being reserved.
  • Allows for parking to be available before and after the necessary reserved time, increasing the amount of on-street paid parking throughout the system.
  • Allows time to program mobile app and new parking devices to have ‘out of order’ messaging displayed for the customer.

The City will continue to provide the popular 10-minute zones for curbside pick-up and drop-off in the downtown core. These spaces are indicated with yellow placards.

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