On Thursday, August 29 Salida Community members gathered at the SteamPlant Event Center to contribute their voices in the downtown parking study open house.

Downtown Parking Study Average Length of Stay

The event aimed to hear from community members, as well as to educate the community of the results of the downtown parking study that were conducted in the earlier weekends of August.

“Parking may seem like a rather mundane subject, but it is a great indicator of the health of the downtown economy,” Community Development Director Glen Van Nimwegen.

Walker Consultants Mallory Baker and Christina Jones walked through the findings of the studies in addition to helping direct Salida residents to the interactive boards, intended to collect community feedback on a variety of parking topics: length of stay, best practices, inventory, occupancy, and demand.

The study found that users stay on an average of 91 minutes in the blocks between G and E St. and Sackett Avenue and 2nd St.

Baker suggested that this problem, may not necessarily suggest a lack of parking, but instead be one of turnover, as they saw many offenders parked more than the two hour period. The objective of the parking study is to determine where addional parking is necessary, and to determine if paid parking meters, might be of use in the Salida Downtown area.

The downtown parking study is in the final stages of preparing a proposal with preliminary recommendations, which will be reviewed in a Salida City Council work session in connection with one of the September meetings. After the Council has worked with Walker Consultants, a final presentation and report will be presented in October.

“Parking may seem like a rather mundane subject, but it is a great indicator of the health of the downtown economy,” Community Development Director Glen Van Nimwegen.