As we all know, parking downtown can be expensive and sometimes almost impossible to find, especially on weekend nights. As we also know, a great deal of our work happens on weekend nights. We’ve received a letter at the office from Grand Rapids Parking Services offering a solution that might work for some of you!
First, there’s always the DASH bus, which is free to ride from various parking lots around downtown. It runs Monday through Wednesday from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm. Thursday and Friday from 6:30 am to 1:00 am, Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 am, and Sunday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. You still have to pay for parking, but it allows you to park further away for a lesser cost.
Second option is to purchase an Evening Monthly Parking Permit. This is considerably cheaper than purchasing a regular Monthly Parking Permit at just $49 per month, although it only allows you to park from 4:30 pm to 8:00 am. The ramps for which you can purchase a permit are: Pearl-Ionia, Monroe Center, Weston Commerce, and Cherry Commerce. The Pearl-Ionia ramp Evening Permit allows 24-hour access on Saturday and Sunday.
Finally, they wanted to point out the services they offer when you park in a city lot or ramp. They have Parking Service Officers available 24/7/365 in case you need help changing a tire, need a jump start, are locked out of your vehicle, transporting you to your vehicle (when parked in one of their facilities) outside of DASH hours if you feel unsafe walking, troubleshooting any issues with automated parking machines, and they’ll even sell you up to 5 gallons of fuel if you’re out of gas!
If you’d like to apply for one of the Evening Monthly Parking Permits, please visit the link below to be placed on the waiting list.