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Council set to adopt new Downtown parking rates

The roller coaster ride for Riverside’s Downtown parking rates may be over after nearly a year of highs and lows.

City Council will meet in closed and open sessions Tuesday, April 11. The major item on the agenda is the Land Use, Sustainability, and Resilience Committee’s recommendation that Council approves new downtown parking rates.

Quick recap:

  • February 15, 2022 – City Council adopted a revised rate plan presented by City staff which substantially increased rates for the first time in five years.
  • July 1, 2022 – New parking rates went into effect.
  • July 19, 2022 – After several weeks of contentious feedback from the community, Council rolled back the rate increase and used ARPA funds to backfill the Parking Fund deficit.

After months of community engagement, a revised parking plan includes 60 minutes of free garage and lot parking and 30 minutes of free street parking downtown. The City also proposes a new $115 “Downtown 24/7” permit with unlimited access. Parking will remain free on weekends.