FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City of Springfield, in conjunction with Walker Consultants, is conducting a study of parking options in downtown Springfield. The goal of the study is 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 will assess existing public and private parking, both on- and off-street, within the study area and will document how parking is used throughout various seasons, times of the week and times of day. Additionally, the project will include 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 will also include field observations, data collection, property owner and stakeholder input, as well as feedback from a public survey available through March 20 at cityofsgf.questionpro.com/parkingstudy. Input provided in this survey will be 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.
“So far, representatives with Walker Consultants have completed field study observations and have also met with various business owners and stakeholders to help inform the strategy for the study,” says Public Works Traffic Engineer Grady Porter. “We’re excited to kick off the public input phase of this project to begin gathering feedback from a wide variety of parking users who live, work and play downtown.”
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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected].