Downtown Parking Study and Plan

Project Update (Dec. 5, 2017):

Parking Study Implementation Update for the Two-Hour Time-Limited Parking Program
Parker’s Two-Hour Parking Program was implemented in May 2017 to help increase parking turnover and utilization of key parking spaces in the Downtown area. A parking analysis was recently conducted by our consultant Kimley-Horn to determine the impacts of the two-hour parking program. The 2017 parking analysis results demonstrated that the two-hour parking program has been a positive tool for the Town in managing Downtown parking resources.  

Below are the results of the Two-Hour Parking Program analysis:

On-Street Parking 
  • Higher on-street parking turnover in 2017 than 2016.  Average parking occupancy dropped from 33% in 2016 to 25% in 2017. 
  • Average length of stay for vehicles within two-hour time-limited parking spaces dropped from 114 minutes to 75 minutes per vehicle. 
  • The percentage of vehicles parking longer than two hours dropped from 19% in 2016 to 7% in 2017. 
  • The most challenged blocks exceeding 85% parking occupancy continue to be: 
    • 1. Mainstreet between Victorian Drive (west) and Pikes Peak Drive
    • 2. Mainstreet between Pikes Peak Drive and Victorian Drive (east)
    • The results showed that there was not a need to change the current two-hour time-limited parking program at this time.
Off-Street Parking 
  • The rate of off-street parking (parking in public parking lots) utilization between 2016 and 2017 was essentially the same. 
  • Combined occupancy rates for on-street and off-street parking indicate a general underutilization of existing public parking in Downtown. 
  • Continued monitoring of off-street parking lots in key areas as new development or facility renovations in the area may affect usage. 
  • The study further found that there was not an immediate need to implement a four-hour parking program on any of the off-street parking lots. 

Project Update (Oct. 27, 2017):

The Town is working on several key implementation tasks, including continuing to monitor two-hour, time-limited on-street parking in downtown Parker, updating the parking requirements for new downtown development and exploring shared-parking opportunities to ensure that adequate parking is available to the public. The Town is under contract with Kimley-Horn to assist with the following implementation tasks. 

  • Analyze the Impacts of the Two-Hour Time-Limited Parking Program:  In August 2017, the Kimley-Horn collected occupancy and parking space turnover data to analyze the on-street parking and parking lots in the Downtown area to see what impacts the two-hour time limited parking program has made since implementation. The results of the data collection and analysis will be compared with 2016 data collected prior to implementation of the two-hour time limited parking program. A report including this data and analysis will be available soon.

  • Update the Greater Downtown District Parking Requirements: Kimley-Horn will be assisting Town staff to outline new parking regulations for the Greater Downtown District that will be considered for adoption as a part of the Town’s Municipal Code by the Planning Commission and Town Council. To begin this task, the consultant will conduct stakeholder interviews with business organizations, developers and property/business owners within Downtown to gain their insights and perspectives. A community open house will be scheduled this fall and all interested parties are encouraged to attend. 

  • Exploring Shared-Parking Agreements with Downtown Property Owners: The Town will also work with the consultant to explore the possibility of developing shared-parking agreements with various private landowners within downtown Parker. Shared-parking agreements are a tool widely used to help ensure that there is adequate parking available for public events and for local workers who are employed in the area. 
Please watch for additional updates and information regarding these projects.

Two-Hour Time-Limited Parking Program:

In March 2017, Town Council approved the implementation of a two-hour time-limited parking program in certain areas of Downtown Parker as outlined below: 

  • Time-managed parking with two-hour limits on certain downtown streets including Mainstreet, Pikes Peak Drive and Pikes Peak Avenue

  • Effective Hours:  Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Full details about the new time-managed parking limits in downtown Parker can be found in our printable brochure.

Background Information

In May 2017, Town Council adopted Parker’s Downtown Parking Plan and Study. The study examined parking issues in the Greater Downtown area, and identified parking strategies and recommendations that will help the Town more actively manage current parking and effectively plan for future parking needs. Recommendations of the study are focused on ensuring that current parking assets are well-utilized and actively managed following an incremental and pragmatic approach. 

To review a copy of the Downtown Parking Plan and Study, please see the “Key Documents” section of this page.


For more information on the Downtown Parking Study, please contact Carolyn Washee-Freeland at 303.841.2332 or by email.  

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