City of Bend to improve Downtown parking solutions this summer

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The City of Bend plans to bring changes to the Downtown Parking District on July 1, introducing distinct zones for on and off-street parking and more long-term parking options.

An “on-street parking” zone, or Zone A, and an “off-street parking” zone, or Zone B, will be created to reduce confusion.

Zone A will include all parking on Downtown streets, allowing two hours of free parking and requiring parkers to move out of the zone after that time has elapsed.

Zone B will include all parking lots and parking garages, and times will vary depending on the location and individual decision of the lots.

Longer-term parking solutions will be added with the creation of Zone B, in response to Downtown businesses asking for more options for customers and employees.

The two hour limit on parking lots will be removed, and limits at the Mirror Pond South and North parking lots will be increased to six hours.

The Troy Field Lot will be turned into a paid parking area, and will allow all-day parking.

“We expect high parking demand this summer,” said Parking Services Division Manager Tobias Marx. “Removing free parking on lots will allow us to manage demand better while maintaining two hours of free on-street parking in the majority of the downtown parking spaces. By changing NW Irving Street back to free, two-hour parking that keeps the same number of free parking spots available downtown.”

The changes will go into effect on July 1, and local drivers can use coupon code “Bendites” on all mobile pay platforms for the following two months to help with the adjustment.

These updates are the result of the Downtown Parking Strategic Management Plan (DPSMP), which the Bend City Council adopted in 2017.

For more information on these changes to Downtown parking, visit www.bendoregon.gov/parking.

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