If you work in Downtown Bend, the best way to park is to purchase a parking permit through Diamond Parking and park your car in employee designated areas. Here's why:
Where are the approved locations?
There are 5 approved lots for employees to park in:
How much does it cost?
Permit rates range from $20 to $50 per month, or if you make under $17/hr - the discounted range is from $10-$25 per month.
How do these rates compare to other similar Downtowns?
Compared to other Downtown areas - Bend's employee rates are very affordable. Here are a few comparisons:
Why is it important to leave the parking spaces closest to the core for customers?
If you are an employee in Downtown Bend, then you have a vested interest in seeing Downtown Bend succeed.
The graphic to the left helps explain the value of a parking space. If an employee parks in a space in front of a business, you can calculate the dollar amount of lost sales because of that.
The graphic to the left is an example from Vancouver, Wa. For a business owner to figure out the exact, specific amount their business is loosing by having an employee park in front of their business, take your average sale ($X.XX) x 7.69 (Bend’s turnover ratio) x 300 (shopping days) to = the annual value of a parking stall.
In the big picture, you can play around with these numbers to get an idea of the overall impact of employees parking in the core of Downtown Bend. Imagine that just 1 (of the 4,000) employees in Downtown Bend park in the core (in front of a business), and let's imagine that the average sale of a Downtown business is $15, using the formula above, that would be a collective loss of income to Downtown businesses of $34,605/year. Now imagine that 50 or 100 employees are parking in the core.
How do I get a permit & who do I contact with questions?
You can get a permit by going to Diamond Parking at 841 NW Bond Street in Downtown Bend. The Diamond parking office right between Cozy in Bend and the Bond Street Barbershop. You can contact them at (541) 317-2805.