Parking changes – including long term paid – debut in downtown Menlo Park in November

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on October 29, 2011

map of new downtown Menlo Park parking lots

Beginning in early November, three new parking options will debut in downtown Menlo Park in addtion to  the existing free, two hour maximum parking stalls:

  1. For short duration parking in downtown, there will be 15 minute, on-street parking spaces near intersections along Santa Cruz Avenue and select surrounding streets (red on map).
  2. For slightly longer duration parking in downtown, the remaining Santa Cruz Avenue on-street parking spaces will be marked as one hour, replacing the current two hour spaces (yellow on map).
  3. For longer term parking in downtown, Parking Plaza 1, located adjacent to Maloney Lane, and Plaza 5, located adjacent to Crane Street and Evelyn Street. will be designated as Long-Term 2+ where there will be a paid option beyond the first two hours (which remain free) that utilizes a credit card payment machine system (green on map).

In the Long-Term, 2+ hours lots, visitors will be given an option to pay $1 to park for an additional hour (three hours total), $1.50 for the fourth hour, $2.00 for the fifth hour, and $2.00 per hour for additional hours thereafter, up to 9 hours. Visitors can pay for the additional time at one of several payment machines located in the lots or through a pay-by-phone option connected to the machines by entering their space number and the amount of additional time they wish to stay. The other parking lots in the downtown area will remain free, two hour lots (brown on map).

In the next week, the City of Menlo Park will be installing the paid parking machines, and installing the new signage in the plazas and around downtown.

Information on the project is available on the city website  A telephone hotline – 650-330-6770 – has been created for people to record any downtown parking issues as well as concerns due to these new parking changes.

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