General Parking Information
NEW Credit Card Meters
The City of Colorado Springs has just replaced 882 meters in the core of downtown and along Colorado Avenue through the Old Colorado City area with new credit card enabled meters. Customers can now use a VISA or MasterCard as a payment option at these parking meters. The hours of operation at the new meters in the downtown core have also been changed. The new hours are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday - Saturday. All of the other parking meters will continue to accept the City's Easy Park card and all parking meters will continue to accept coins. Visit http://vimeo.com/65824595 to watch a short video about these new meters.
Easy Park is on-street meter parking made easy and more economical. Easy Park cards provide the convenience of using a pre-purchased card over having to find change and allow drivers to park up to the allowed maximum time at a meter while only being charged for the actual time their vehicle is parked.
There are still over 1,600 parking meters in the downtown and Old Colorado City area that will accept the Easy Park cards. Customers can continue to use their card in those meters. We will continue to offer the Easy Park card as a payment option based on future use. "Click here" for a map of the new credit card meters and the remaining Easy Park meters.
We understand that there may be current customers that use their Easy Park card exclusively in the core of downtown and after the conversion to credit card meters may not have a use for the Easy Park card. In those cases we are offering refunds effective Monday November 4, 2013. Customers desiring a refund can bring their Easy Park card(s) to the Parking Administration Office located at 130 South Nevada Avenue, 719-385-5681.
The balance on the card will be verified and balances of less than $20 will be refunded in cash. Balances of more than $20 or if multiple cards are turned in, the refund will be processed through the City Finance Office and a check will be mailed to the customer.
We thank you for your continued patronage and if you have any questions please feel free to call.
Off-Street Parking Facilities
All of the City owned off-street parking facilities have been privatized. A private, parking management company is currently operating them under a short-term (three-year) management agreement. Approximately every three years this contract is re-bid to ensure they are being managed in the most cost efficient manner.
On-Street Parking Facilities
The on-steet parking meter operation is managed in-house. This two-person operation is responsible for collecting and depositing all of the revenues on a weekly basis, maintain the operation and appearance of all existing meters, install all new meters and provide annual on-street stall painting.
Both the off-street parking facilities and the on-street parking meter operations are managed by Parking System Administration. The administration staff oversees all of the day to day operations and administers the parking meter hood program. Customer inquiries are also handled through the administration office at Parking Systems
Annual budgeting, enhancements to parking policy and/or operations, plans for increasing system capacity, Public/Private partnerships, etc. are all developed and submitted to City Council by administration staff.
Parking System Administration staff also takes an active role in the downtown community. The Parking System fills an Advisory Board Member position to both the Downtown Partnership and Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). In addition, staff is also active on the SAFE Downtown Committee and the Downtown Parking and Transportation Committee.