City extends free parking deal in the new downtown garage

They say that there is no such thing as a free lunch. But there is such a thing as free parking – in downtown Springfield and for a limited time.

Parking at Park at the 99, Springfield’s downtown parking garage and retail center, will be free throughout the end of 2020, according to City of Springfield officials.

In August, the City announced that parking would be free of charge throughout the month of September. That timeframe has been extended so more people can have a chance to use the garage. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic downtown has been limited as more businesses and their employees started to perform their job duties at home, says Bryan Heck, city manager for the City of Springfield.

“We want to give the public more opportunities to become familiar with the convenience of using the downtown garage,” Heck says. “The parking garage is another part of the overall growth in our community as we continue to make our city an even better place to work, live and play, downtown and beyond.”

Regular rates to park in the garage are $2 per hour, with a daily maximum of $6. The monthly rate is $55. All of those fees will be waived throughout the remainder of 2020. The fee structure will be re-evaluated during this time and will resume Jan. 4, 2021.

Park at the 99 opened in May 2020, less than a year after construction began. The facility includes 305 parking spaces and more than 3,000 square feet of first-floor retail space that faces existing storefronts on Fountain Avenue. Columbus-based Dugan and Meyers built the structure.

The $7 million project was a collaborative effort between the City of Springfield, Clark County, State of Ohio, Clark State Community College, and the Greater Springfield Community Improvement Corporation.

For more information about Park at the 99, visit parkspringfieldoh.com.

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