Reduced rates, new validation program among parking changes coming to Short North


More parking changes will soon be introduced in the Short North. This time, district officials say it's for the better.

"The great thing about the Short North Parking Plan is that it’s meant to evolve," said Betsy Pandora, executive director for the Short North Alliance.

Spokespersons for the City of Columbus Department of Public Service say they received complaints concerning the price for parking in the Short North during the daytime hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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"Some of the changes that you are seeing is in response to feedback the city got across the board. So, we are really pleased with these changes," Pandora said.

The following changes will be implemented on June 24:

  • Residents will be able to purchase guest passes at a reduced rate of $3 — down from $6.
  • $1/hour parking rates will now be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. regardless of its location. This adds an additional hour at the reduced rate and spreads the rate beyond just High Street.
  • Goodale Street meters will cost $1/hour any time of the day.
  • As a pilot program, over 100 businesses that already validate parking in garages will be able to test a new validation service through the ParkColumbus app.

"I’m excited," said Sam Gugliemotto, who says he has had to avoid some of his favorite spots in the Short North because of a lack of parking. "I’m glad they are responsive to what people are saying and they are listening."

Columbus Parking Services plans to expand the use of the ParkColumbus app to all parking meters in the city, including in neighborhoods like the University District, Franklinton and south of downtown.