In 1993, the Jerry Garcia Band played the Richmond Coliseum. I wish that I could find the Times Dispatch article online because basically it described an invasion of hippie hordes that left mountains of trash in its wake. One parking manager called it the worse thing he had seen since Vietnam. Seriously. I remember that quote. I was at that show and the scene and the vibe was pretty much like any typical concert. In the early 90s, I probably saw more craziness at Richmond Renegades games than a Jerry show. (more…)
Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth. (Mike Tyson)
So, the plan was to beef staff up, program new rates for pay stations and mobile pay, and hold on tight while the downtown streets clogged up with commuters and bike race spectators. Not exactly what happened. In fact, it’s fair to say that we have MORE parking than what is typical for a September weekday.
Except for a few select parking lots, we are going to back to previous rates. Here’s hoping that RVA clears its busy schedule and comes downtown to see for themselves the amazing spectacle of cyclists tearing down our pretty streets. Businesses need the support & just not parking operators.
We’ll have one more update for the final weekend!
Starting Saturday, Sep. 18, our event parking rates increase to $10 at ALL of our lots, except for Main & Foushee and 1st & Canal which will be $5. Yes, that’s twice the usual event rate, but this isn’t your typical downtown event (we hope). Here’s a few tips to help navigate parking close to the race routes & main gathering spots.
Closest lot to the Fan Zone: 1st & Marshall
We have pay kiosks at several of these locations, honor boxes at a couple, and Passport at all of them. Hint: Download the app and save yourself plenty of time.
When: 6:30pm, Friday, Sep. 18
Where: Brown’s Island
Expected attendance: 12,000
Click on the link for more information, including driving directions.
6th & Canal: $5
5th & Canal: $5
4th & Canal: $5
6th & Main Deck: $6 (reservations only).
We encourage visitors to register with Passport and pay with their phones. Zone information is located on the yellow signs.
Now introducing a stress free way to RESERVE parking for concerts, restaurants, and downtown events at an great location. PARKING PANDA. We’ve already heard from some customers that they love this service in places like Baltimore & DC. Basically, ParkingPanda will find available parking locations near a certain address and offer a choice of pre-reserved parking options. Reserved means that you are GUARANTEED A PARKING SPACE.
Once a parking reservation is made, you may either print out a copy or better yet, download the Parking Panda app. Our 6th & Main Deck (i.e. the Pink Deck), has a PandaScan scanner located at far left entrance. Once the valid barcode is scanned via paper or app, the gate will open and go find a space. No messing around with cash or credit cards. Now, you can go to Cap Ale House, Carpenter Theater, Greenleaf Poolroom, Pasture, Brown’s Island, etc… & enjoy your evening (instead of circling for parking spaces).
Rate: $6 – Evenings, Weekends. EASY!
We are excited to begin offering daily and monthly parking off of East Broad St. It only takes a few minutes to walk to the MCV and Commonwealth of Virginia campuses from this super convenient location. Thanks to White Oak Landscaping for the amazing work at transforming this very industrial looking site to a clean and safe parking area. Daily rates will be $4. Passport payments only, so you’ll need a cell phone. Sign up for a $75 monthly permit here . Lot identification is Lot 16 – Hungerford.
We will be accessible during the UCI Bike Races. Walk to Libby Hill! Also, easy alternative parking for employees and visitors to MCV!
Some of our Passport users have already figured out that by pre-purchasing blocks of parking, they can save a few bucks. This is how it works:
Download the Passport app to your iPhone or Android device.
- After you have setup your user account, you are ready to start parking. CityParking offers Passport at 12 locations around the downtown area.
- You have parked your car and see the yellow and black signs showing the Zone number. After you have entered the Zone number and corresponding Space Number or License Plate, you are ready to pay.
- There are two options – Credit/Debit Card and Wallet. The first option will charge your card on file the advertised rate. The Wallet option reveals deals currently being offered if a block of parking is purchased. Right now, there is a purchase $25 and receive $3 free. We will be creating new offers throughout the year.
So who would want to use a Wallet instead of just paying for parking?
The few dozen folks who currently use the wallet tend to be commuters who find themselves downtown frequently for meetings but not enough to purchase a monthly pass. This is also a great option for:
- Visitors staying in the area for a few days. Hint hint: UCI 2015
- Service workers
Please call or contact us with more questions or suggestions.