Parks Examine if Paid Parking Would Pay Off
Monday, October 7, 2019 10:45 AM

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The city's Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a study of the potential impacts of introducing paid parking in Como and other regional parks. As part of the study, Como Zoo and Conservatory is conducting detailed surveys to get feedback from users and community members on issues such as how often they visit, the quality of their experience, and different options for paid parking.

Director Mike Hahm told the Parks and Recreations Commission in September that the study is intended to collect data and analyze how much paid parking would cost to implement, what kind of revenue it might generate, how it could affect attendance and use of parks, how it could affect other revenue collection, how it could be enforced, how revenue from parking fees could be used, and other impacts (such as pushing more parking onto neighborhood streets).

Hahm stressed that the study is still gathering information, that a study is not a decision, and that no money is included in anybody's 2020 budget for paid parking. He noted that the idea has been kicked around in Saint Paul for at least 10 years, and that Minneapolis has been doing paid parking in selected parks for several years.

District 10 Como Community Council | 1224 Lexington Pkwy N, Saint Paul, MN 55103 | 651.644.3889 | district10 [at] district10comopark.org

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