New parking study to take a broader look at downtown
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The city of Glenwood Springs is ready to take a broader look at parking needs in the downtown commercial area, just as a new city parking garage is set to open soon.
The city has contracted with Walker Parking Consultants to do an updated parking study and develop a new, long-term strategic parking plan.
“There have been other parking studies done by the city in the past, so this will take that information and update it to take into account the new parking facilities,” said Rosa Silver, Glenwood Springs transportation manager.
A new, two-level city parking garage at the corner of Ninth and Cooper is slated to open in late December or early January.
Also, the new Glenwood Springs Branch Library/Colorado Mountain College building that’s under construction at Eighth and Cooper will be completed next summer.
Between the two projects, there will be 150 new public and dedicated CMC employee parking spaces in the vicinity.
“Hopefully, that will alleviate some of the parking problems that have been identified in the past,” Silver said.
How those projects might affect parking in other parts of downtown will be part of the focus of the new study, she said.
The study area to be surveyed includes the Downtown Development Authority footprint, which takes in areas both north and south of the Colorado River.
That area extends west to Devereux Road, east to Sixth and Grand, and south along Grand Avenue to 12th Street.
Parts of Cooper and Colorado avenues between Seventh and Ninth streets are also included in the DDA footprint.
Parking needs in the vicinity of Seventh and Colorado will be one of the key parts of the new study, Silver said.
A preliminary review of existing parking conditions took place over a two-day period in mid-August, from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The purpose was to determine turnover of parking spaces, duration, and reasons for people to park downtown.
Members of the public are also encouraged to take the parking survey that’s available on the city of Glenwood Springs website, at http://www.cogs.us
“Public input is important to us as we do this study,” Silver said. “We want to know what the community thinks about parking, where it should be and any other concerns.”
The parking survey information will also be presented at a public open house on Nov. 7 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. There will be a mid-day session, and another after work hours, Silver said. Specific times will be announced soon.
Dave Betley, the assistant director of public works for the city, added that there are different perceptions about Glenwood Springs’ parking problems.
“It is important to truly understand the entire problem so that an effective plan can be developed,” he said.
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