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Free downtown parking remains amid a few new changes to parking program

Press release from City of Gainesville

For the past several months, City of Gainesville transportation staff has met with downtown business owners, employees, and neighbors to balance the desire for free downtown parking at all hours with the need to increase parking availability during business hours.

A few changes are scheduled to take effect by Wednesday, June 1, and are effective Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. They include:

  1. On-street parking spaces on the east and west sides of Southeast First Street, between University Avenue and Southeast First Avenue, have been converted from 2-hour free parking to 30-minute free parking.
  2. Parking in City Lots 3, 4, 5, and 13 has changed to a 4-hour time limit per space at $0.50/hour.
  3. Several short-term parking spaces on Southwest Second Street, near the Southwest Parking Garage, have been converted from 5-minute pick-up/drop-off spaces to a 2-hour time limit per space.
  4. Paid parking spaces on the first block of Southwest Fifth Terrace have been converted to 30-minute free parking.
  5. Employees of downtown businesses may purchase a discounted monthly permit for unlimited parking in the city’s Southwest Downtown Parking Garage at 105 SW Third St.
  • Another fine reason not to go down town. The big issue i see hear are all the hourly employees you are now making it harder to hold down a job in the area. Screw it. They can go somewhere where they are appreciated. Downtown already looks like it desperately is holding on to the past It’s lifeless with the except of government and a handful of old tired restaurants.

    • Don’t forget the lively homeless population. May even encounter a flasher and have the opportunity to dodge bullets.

  • Parking downtown SUCKS already and now it won’t be possible‼️‼️‼️ F#%K all those stupid officials that think this is great moneymaker…
    all off the backs off downtown businesses‼️‼️‼️grrrrrrr…

  • Has parking garage lighting and open container party debris been cleaned up regularly, yet?

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