PARKING                            

 

280 Free 90-Minute On-Street Parking Spaces!


START WITH THE BASICS

Our Downtown Parking Map will show you all the available parking downtown, direction of one-way streets, a handy reference of parking rates, and even the location of bike racks and electric vehicle charging stations.  The Parking 101 booklet contains details on downtown's parking system, in one convenient PDF.  You'll find info on our customer service and discount programs, parking meter cards, and parking rates.  

Downtown Kalamazoo’s parking system has been managed by DKI since 1989 when it was privatized. Since then, this award winning system offers over 4,300 spaces of which over 1,200 are on-street parking spaces. Additionally, there are 280, 90-minute FREE spots located in premier retail locations, more than 1,300 spaces in three ramps. nearly 1,200 in ten surface lots and free parking at meters on Saturday and Sunday. 

DKI’s Parking Committee, comprised of downtown stakeholders, oversees policy and guidelines through a Five Year Parking Plan that addresses parking rates, maintenance, safety initiatives, customer service standards, emerging technologies and programs. Operations are managed by Central City Parking, under contract with Ampco System Parking which offers the following programs and services:

 
  • Customer Assistance - provides customers with lock-out service, escort service, and jump-starts.
  • Early Bird Discount - provides for a discounted parking rate for those entering a participating parking facility before 9:30 am and park their vehicles at the rooftop level.
  • Evening Special Event Program - discounts the cost of parking for large events that overlap the daily and evening rates.
  • Jury Service - provides a discounted daily rate for those serving on a jury downtown.
  • Meter Cards - eliminates need for change and can store up to $50 on a card.
  • On-Line Payment - pay for monthly parking permits and parking violations online. 
  • Parking Validation- allows businesses to pay for their customer’s parking. Over 80 businesses currently participate.
  • Part-Time Employee Discount - provides part-time employees a special rate at designated parking facilities, made available through their employer's participation.
  • Debit/credit card payment - The Kalamazoo Mall parking ramp currently accepts debit/credit card payments. We hope to provide this service in all our ramps and lots in the future. 

 More information is available regarding all our parking programs.

Five Year Parking Plan (2010 – 2014)

Parking has been and continues to be an important issue.  Long term viability of the downtown partially depends on the availability of conveniently located parking to serve employees, customers, residents and visitors.  Its availability can help ensure that customers can easily access businesses and help ease concerns for those who are not familiar with downtown.

Planning for parking in a downtown is different than for any other area. Aside from the fact that many downtown buildings predate the automobile, downtowns are intended to be compact, walkable, interactive and visually attractive.  Therefore, the provision of surface lots and parking structures needs to be accomplished in a way that serves modern parking needs while protecting and furthering the overall vision for downtown.

Downtown Kalamazoo Parking Mission “To work with downtown businesses, customers, property owners, the City of Kalamazoo and Ampco System Parking, to further develop the parking system into a resource for economic development in a fiscally responsible manner.”
 

For more information on downtown parking, explore the following links: 

Online Payment
Parking Map
Parking 101 Booklet
Parking Validation
Parking Programs