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Parking Services adds parking options for drivers

Released on Friday, July 10, 2020
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The City of Fort Collins’ Parking Services department will allow drivers to park in City parking structures for up to three hours at no charge to increase parking options downtown and assist in the City’s economic recovery.

Drivers will be able to park in the Firehouse Alley, Old Town, and Civic Center parking structures for up to three hours for free, however, a session must be initiated regardless of duration of stay- even if less than 3-hours, beginning immediately and until at least Sept. 30.

Payment is required for stays of more than three hours, and payment can be made at the self-service kiosks or through the FC Parking app for Apple and Android devices. Rates will be $1 per hour for all structures.

The Firehouse Alley parking structure is located at 160 Chestnut St., the Old Town parking structure is located at the corner of Remington Street and Mountain Avenue, and the Civic Center parking structure is located at the corner of Mason Street and Laporte Avenue.

“We recognize that some on-street spaces have been taken by curbside pickup and outdoor dining and retail expansion, and we want to do everything we can to help businesses recover and help people visit downtown,” said Eric Keselburg, the City’s Parking Services manager.

Parking Services has resumed enforcement of parking regulations downtown but is not issuing citations for non-safety related offenses like overtime violations. Instead, the department is taking an educational approach and has partnered with Downtown Development Authority to inform drivers about parking options that best fit the duration of their stay.

Beginning Aug. 3, 2020, Parking Services will begin enforcement of time-limited parking spaces, with an appropriate level of discretion. This will provide a reasonable time frame to educate the downtown user of parking regulations.

Additionally, vehicles that are eligible to be immobilized due to unpaid parking citations will again be addressed by Parking Services. These efforts were suspended as part of the emergency level of enforcement coverage downtown.

Parking Services will also begin addressing vehicles displaying expired registration, with a reasonable level of discretion, as Larimer County has resumed license plate registration and renewal services.

Questions can be directed to Parking Services at cGFya2luZ3NlcnZpY2VzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or by calling 970-221-6617 and pressing 0.

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