A recent Health Impact Assessment (HIA), conducted by the Douglas County Health Department, analyzed several aspects of parking in downtown Omaha, including a shared parking model.
Since the high demand for parking occurs at various times of the day, businesses and residents with different usage periods could share parking and expand the number of available spaces. As more parking spaces become available, visitors to the downtown area experience reduced stress over finding a space. An additional benefit is that fewer parking surfaces need to be built.
As part of a more balanced parking approach, meter rates in downtown Omaha will slightly increase and hours of operation will become Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays and holidays are still FREE.
Currently, downtown parking meters require payment weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“Our goal is to increase turnover outside businesses and free up spaces so that customers and visitors to the downtown area can more easily find parking spaces,” said Ken Smith, parking division manager.
“To do that, we studied parking patterns and average length of stay, reviewed results from several parking studies, and developed a comprehensive parking management program which lowered the price in city garages and will increase meter rates and lengthen meter hours of operation,” said Smith. “This approach creates a range of parking opportunities and pricing, depending on your needs.”
The average rate increase is 50 cents per hour in the Old Market and 25 cents per hour in all other downtown areas. The rates of some 10-hour meters on the edges of downtown will remain the same.
Instead of worrying about carrying extra change, downtown visitors, employees and residents with Apple or Android smartphones can download the FREE Park Omaha application to pay for parking – at any meter.
The new rates will be:
- 2-hour meters are currently $1/hour and will increase to $1.25/hour
- 3-hour meters are currently $.75/hour (Old Market area) and will increase to $1.25/hour
- 4-hour meters are currently $.50/hour and will increase to $.75/hour
- Some 10-hour meters which are currently $.25/hour and will increase to $.50/hour
“We will provide safe, accessible and affordable parking options downtown,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “Our downtown will continue to grow and develop and we are responding to the needs of downtown employees, businesses and their customers and residents.”
The new parking meter rates and hours of operation will go into effect Oct. 13 (after the Columbus Day holiday, which is a free meter day).
The City of Omaha Parking Division offers College World Series event parking in centrally located garages and lots. Rates (per car) are either $5 or $10 per day, as posted. Payment for garages and lots is due upon entry to the parking facility via cash or credit card (Visa, Discover, MasterCard).
Look for event signs with the blue “P”s and the Park Omaha logo at the following locations:
- 12th and Capitol Garage (formerly Park Eight)
- 17th and Chicago Garage (formerly Park Six)
- 15th and Chicago Lot (formerly Interstate One)
- 16th and Chicago Lot (formerly Interstate Two)
- 17th and Chicago Lot (formerly Interstate Three)
- 10th and Jackson Garage (formerly Park Four)
Follow @ParkOmaha on Twitter for updates on availability in these garages/lots.
If you want to park at a meter, you can download the FREE Park Omaha app (via Apple or Android phones) as a more convenient way to pay for metered parking.