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Task force shows drive to reduce parking problems

Greg MassPost Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – So many cars, so few spaces. The parking shortage is a perplexing problem that forces drivers to slowly roll through downtown Glenwood Springs in search of that perfect parking space. Once found, it’s often a race against the clock to get everything done before time runs out on time-restricted spaces. To combat this familiar and frustrating dilemma, the city’s Parking Task Force conducted a survey last summer and released a 32-page report March 26, recommending ways to end the hassle. The parking recommendation will be formally presented to City Council Thursday, when council is expected to consider adopting the plan.The report starts by stating the obvious: “Downtown Glenwood Springs has a parking problem.” The next 30 pages aim to solve that problem by counting downtown parking spaces, documenting supply and demand, and suggesting a three-phase program to end the parking pickle. “I think the most important piece of this is . making downtown viable by addressing the concerns of parking without making major changes,” said David Hauter, a Downtown Development Authority board member and parking task force member.One of the biggest changes drivers will see is the conversion of many all-day parking areas to two-hour limits. Faster turnover will leave more spaces open to people who want to park, shop for a little while, then move on. “If we have convenient and free parking, we believe it will help the downtown area,” Hauter said. “The parking task force sees that as having better customer service for people who would shop downtown.”In all, the task force recommended converting 71 all-day spaces in downtown to two-hour spaces.Phase 1 of the three phase program – which is already in full swing – includes converting the old Municipal Operations Center into all-day parking, ceasing the sale of two-hour exemption permits for downtown workers, and creating unlimited parking permits for downtown residents.”That came from Mike Copp,” Hauter said of the Glenwood Springs city manager. “He really got ahead of the curve on phase 1.”Phase 2 would add more two-hour parking, more all-day parking on the fringes of downtown, and add more signs letting people know where parking is available.”Another very important element is that the city recognizes and begins to build a public-private partnership to build a parking garage,” Hauter said. Phase 3 includes building a downtown parking structure and possibly installing parking meters, Hauter said, but those changes could be years down the road.

Receive updates on the confluence design, 8th Street engineering, Community Center pool funding and bonding, and the new fire station on Four Mile Road.-Make a proclamation on sexual assault awareness month. -Award bids for a skid steer and a mini excavator. -Consider requests to designate the Cardiff Schoolhouse and the Linwood, or Pioneer, Cemetery as local historic landmarks. -Consider an ordinance correcting the legal description of the annexation of West Glenwood Estates.

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