Downtown Parking Study

Launching in the fall of 2022, the City of Springfield, in conjunction with Walker Consultants, conducted a study of parking options in downtown Springfield. The goal of the study was to provide the City with options for improving the parking system, with a focus on fostering a vibrant quality of place and sustaining future economic development in the downtown Springfield area.

The specific study area for the project is bordered roughly by National Avenue on the east, Grant Avenue on the west, Elm Street on the south and Phelps Street on the North.

As a part of the study, Walker Consultants assessed existing public and private parking, both on- and off-street, within the study area and documented how parking is used throughout various seasons, times of the week and times of day. Additionally, the project included a holistic review of existing parking regulations, operating policies and procedures, enforcement practices and other aspects of the parking system, resulting in recommendations aimed at improving all aspects of the public parking system. 

The parking study also included field observations, data collection, property owner and stakeholder input, as well as feedback from a public survey. Input provided in this survey was used to inform recommendations for future parking improvements, downtown planning and development strategies and other innovative parking solutions to help support the continued growth and development of downtown Springfield.

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Downtown Parking Study Findings / Stats

  • 11,234 total parking spaces located in study area: 
    • 895 On-Street
    • 2,052 City Owned off street 
    • 1,318 Private public off street
    • 6,969 Private Parking
  • 4,029 Parked on Weekday Peak 10-11 AM, 2,891 on weekend Peak 9-10 PM
  • Total Parking Weekday Peak 36% of Parking was occupied, Weekend 26%
  • Public Parking Weekday Peak 30% occupied, Weekend 22%
  • 20% of parked vehicles, or around 200 vehicles, parked for over 2 hours on weekdays
  • Around 80 vehicles occupying 18% of available on-street parking were observed parked for over 5 hours on weekdays
View the Parking Study Report Presentation to City Council

Impactful Recommendations from the Study include:

  • Identify an Internal Parking Manager
  • Improve Parking Enforcement
  • Establish Shared Parking Agreements
  • Require Demand Studies for New Developments
  • Create a parking page on the City’s website
  • Extend hours of enforcement
  • Establish Uniform Traffic Time limits (2hrs)
  • Install Wayfinding Signing
  • Improve Parking Facilities
    1. Signing
    2. Lighting

View the full study report and list of recommendations.