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First Hour Free at Water Street Parking Garage

Post Date:10/10/2018 9:33 AM
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Brian Wheeler
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October 10, 2018

First Hour Free at Water Street Parking Garage

City of Charlottesville coordinates prices and schedules at both downtown garages

20181009 - Water Street Parking Garage_x1000CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City of Charlottesville is pleased to announce that the first hour of parking is now free for hourly parkers at both the Market Street and the Water Street parking garages. In addition, both garages are now open 24 hours a day.

The changes in price and schedule were first implemented at the Market Street Garage in March. When the city reached agreement with Charlottesville Parking Center over the operation of the Water Street Garage, it was announced that the intent would be to operate the Garage in the same manner as the Market Street Garage is operated. 

As of October 1, the rate for both garages is $2.00 per hour with the first hour free and the garages are open 24 hours a day to park or retrieve your car. There is no need, as in the past, to worry about moving your car before midnight. And if you leave the garage outside the hours of fee collection, for example between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday, parking is free.

In addition, both garages now use supplemental private security guards in the evening. Plus, the city is in the process of installing an upgrade to the existing security camera system in the Water Street Garage.

Before the end of the year, the city will install new parking equipment at both garages to provide a single approach for tickets and validations.The new system is designed to be more reliable and make parking even easier. Additional information on the new system will be available as soon as a firm installation date can be set. 

More information about parking downtown, including a map showing both public and private parking lot options, can be found at:

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