New options for downtown parking!
- Free weekend parking in the garage is now EVERY weekend!
- All day coupons for the garage & Mirror Pond are available to give to good customers
- A digital voucher program allows a business to extend time on the street for a customer
For more information on all these programs, contact Diamond Parking (541) 317-2805
Signage will be improved to better direct drivers to long term parking options.
The City is considering free parking in the garage over the weekends during the holiday shopping season.
The DBBA has been working with the City of Bend to improve parking management downtown.
We are excited about a new voucher program that started November 1st. The Voucher Program allows a downtown business to purchased additional time on the street as needed. The goal of the program is to enable visitors to stay longer in an on-street parking stall while also educating them about long term options. Vouchers can be purchased from Diamond Parking.
Other positive changes include:
- The installation of parking meters in the garage. The length of time policy will not change. These pay and display boxes will take credit cards.
- Diamond Parking officers will get uniforms with a goal of them acting more as downtown ambassadors.
- Credit cards are now accepted for payment of permits & violations at the Diamond Parking offices.
- The first time forgiveness for out of state plates policy continues. This means that a visitor from Washington or California gets a warning instead of a ticket if it’s their first visit to Bend.
- Low cost employee permits are still available in the Newport lot and on the roof of the garage.
The parking validation program downtown has expired as of December 31st, 2010. The City was experiencing abuse of the program with resulting funding impacts, and City Council decided to terminate the program.
City staff is working on a new program to replace it that will aid customers and businesses. More details as soon as they are available.
We have good direction and a solid consensus on how to proceed with the management of Downtown Bend parking.
The DBBA has worked hard and people are agreeing with the results. See the story in The Bulletin and The Source. A member of the DBBA Board also submitted a letter to The Bulletin regarding some of the positive changes we have worked with the City to implement.