More paid parking meetings scheduled

If you missed last week’s introductory public input meeting about the paid parking program that the city is working on for the Dickson Street entertainment district, there are a couple of more opportunities to voice your concerns.

Last week’s meeting was mostly an overview but the two upcoming meetings will each be focused on a specific aspect of the program.

Residential Parking Program Meeting – March 31

According to Sharon Crosson, the city’s parking and telecommunications manager, the first priority is to make a residential parking program that is free for residents in the area, including parking for guests.

Residents who live in this area are encouraged to attend the meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday March 31, in City Hall Room 111.

Dickson Street Pay Parking Program Meeting – April 1

By July, the city plans to convert free downtown parking to paid lots. All street parking within the entertainment district will require payment as well.

The rates have not been set in stone, say city officials. Nor have any of the details. If you’re a resident or a merchant and you’d like to hear more about the specifics or if you’re interested in asking questions or making suggestions, consider attending this meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 1 in City Hall Room 111.

For more information about this issue, see City paves way for paid parking downtown by Mary Robbins.