Provo parking map, downtown now from 500 North to 600 South
Residents hesitant to come to downtown Provo for shopping, meetings and entertainment because they don’t think there is enough parking will soon have helpful mapping info at their fingertips.
Provo’s new parking and sustainability director Austin Taylor has been in the position one month and has been working hard to get parking information in a printable and interactive format for resident and out-of-town visitors.
Taylor, who was previously a member of the Provo Bicycle Collective, has mapped all of the public parking in the Downtown Neighborhood area that includes from 500 North to 600 South and from 500 West to 200 East.
According to Taylor, even with the long Provo city blocks, it may be feasible for people who want to go to the convention center between Center Street and 100 North to park at the Provo Rec Center on 500 North.
“If people are willing to walk that far,” Taylor said. He also noted there are eating, shopping and entertainment locations closer to 500 North.
The underground parking at the Provo City Library at Academy Square is underutilized, even when there are events at the library.
Taylor said there are 8,267 off-street parking spaces in the Downtown Neighborhood area and about 11,000 if you count on-street parking.
When PEG Development completes its major building at 200 North between Freedom Boulevard and 100 West, there will be a large parking garage built.
“At least five stories,” Taylor said. “The ground floor will include retail shops.”
There are parking garages at the Wells Fargo Bank building and Zions Bank that are not completely utilized, according to Taylor.
“I would encourage everybody to use the garages,” Taylor said. “I posted the map on the city Facebook page and the response was that a lot of people are happy to see there are (parking) garages available.”
Taylor said he is working on an interactive map that will be online hopefully before the end of January. He is also working on an extended wayfinding project that will put up more signage and integrate bike paths and bus routes including the UVX route.
“You can get 10 bikes into one parking stall,” Taylor said. He is encouraging people to look at all forms of transportation include walking to get around downtown.
For his first month on the job, Taylor is working hard to get parking information out to the public. He has yet to tackle parking issues in the Joaquin neighborhoods around Brigham Young University. He said that was coming soon.
Residents are encouraged to keep checking back on the city’s website at http://provo.org for the new map and for more information.