City to put a stop to parking problems |

City to put a stop to parking problems

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Changes in downtown parking rules will come swiftly, giving residents relief from crowded on-street parking, Glenwood Springs city manager Mike Copp said Wednesday.

In response to a growing number of resident complaints concerning a lack of parking on the street in front of their homes, Copp said the city is speeding up its plan to implement two-hour parking in the 700, 800 and 900 blocks of Pitkin, Colorado, Cooper and Blake avenues.

The parking signs have already been ordered, Copp said.

“We’ve begun the process,” he said. “We’re trying to develop an overall parking plan.”

Although most drivers will have to abide by the two-hour limit, residents who live on the streets will receive parking permits allowing unlimited parking in their neighborhood, Copp said.

Scott Ryan, a resident of the 900 block of Pitkin Avenue, told the Glenwood Springs City Council and the Garfield Board of County Commissioners at a meeting last week that he’s fed up with having no place to park near his house. He said something needs to be done, and endorsed the idea of a two-hour limit for nonresidents.

Ryan said Wednesday he was glad to hear the situation is being handled, but added that he’ll “believe it when I see it.”

Copp said city leaders are hoping the two-hour limits will entice downtown workers to use the city’s new parking lot on 7th Street, which replaced the old Municipal Operations Center.

The timeline on implementing the two-hour parking is not known, but Copp said he’s hoping it happens in “weeks rather than months.”

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