What is the worst part of going Downtown on a Friday night? The parking. It's crazy to think that despite the 43,000 off-street parking spaces it still takes 20 plus minutes to find one of those valued spaces.
The city of Denver has partnered with Parkmobile, an app that allows smartphone users pay for off-street parking through their phones; they receive a notification when their time is close to expiring. Download the app, and when you find a spot in any of the seven downtown-area parking lots managed by the Department of Public Works, pay for the parking space through your phone, instead of the meter. You will then receive your expiration warnings and meter maids will be notified of the payments.
Parkmobile offers a parking-spot-reservation option in select cities, including Kansas City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, that could one day be implemented in Denver, says company spokeswoman Kirstin Robison. Another option for frustrated Denver parkers is ParkiFi, an app that shows users nearby empty spaces.
This is what the future of Denver parking looks like, and we are so excited!
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The public parking lots in downtown Denver include:
Acme Lot, 1430 14th Street
Auraria Lot, 1310 Larimer Street
Bannock Lot, 1345 North Bannock Street
Chestnut Lot, 2004 Chestnut Places
Firehouse Lot, 1322 Blake Street
North Elati Lot, 1395 North Elati Street (open nights and weekends only)
South Elati Lot, 1309 North Elati Street