Yakima Are you ready for paid parking downtown?
Lots of people still talk about the paid parking that comes to downtown Yakima.
If you park in downtown Yakima from April of next year, you will pay a parking fee. Paid parking is on its way to downtown Yakima after Yakima City Council members voted in favor of the idea in October. Paid parking is scheduled to begin in downtown in April 2023. So far, there is no indication that City Council will reverse its decision made in October as the city continues to prepare for paid parking.
What will the City do with the money raised?
Money from downtown paid parking lots will help support downtown infrastructure as many areas need work.
The money will be used to maintain parking lot sidewalks and other downtown infrastructure. Paid parking in downtown parking lots and on downtown streets will be 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday with free parking on Sunday. The cost is $1 per hour.
City manager says city had no choice but to approve paid parking
Yakima City Manager Bob Harrison said the city had no other choice after a failed tax proposal to raise needed funds in 2020.
Harrison says paid parking will be required at all city lots downtown, including street parking. So far, the city says there will be no parking meters but instead kiosks and a mobile app.
You can park for free at Yakima Town Hall
City officials say there will be no parking fees in the parking lot behind Yakima City Hall because the parking lot is for City Hall employees and guests only. Currently, parking is free for 2 hours in city-owned downtown parking lots.
Kiosks and a mobile app will be available for people who pay to park in downtown parking lots.
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