City Charging Targeted Downtown Parking Fee During Dogwood Festival
Post Date:04/24/2018 10:43 AM
(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The City of Fayetteville is charging a targeted downtown parking fee for this year’s Dogwood Festival as part of a parking plan for the new downtown baseball stadium. Parking will be $10 in three lots, including:
- Franklin St. Parking Deck (“Parking Deck”)
- The lot across Franklin Street from that deck (“RCW1”)
- The lot at the corner of Anderson and Old streets (“Anderson Lot”)
These lots will be monitored by the City’s parking contractor, McLaurin, in accordance with the displayed schedule:
There will still be free downtown parking spaces during the Dogwood Festival.
“As the 6th largest city in North Carolina, as with other large cities, paying for downtown parking is not an unusual concept,” said Kristoff Bauer, Deputy City Manager. “We still have many spots around downtown that are free during events – free for 2 and 3 hour periods during work hours and free at all times after work hours and on weekends – but for large events this is a move that makes sense.”
Durham, Greensboro and Winston-Salem are similar-sized cities that charge for targeted downtown parking for baseball games and other large events.
New revenues from the additional downtown parking fees will go towards City services and amenities, including the baseball stadium. The stadium funding plan identifies event parking fees as a new and important revenue source. The City Council added a $10 event parking fee to the City’s fee schedule last July.
Parking during the Dogwood Festival is a learning opportunity as the transition to paid event parking is implemented. Information collected during this effort will influence the parking study currently underway and future staff recommendations and parking operations.